Low IQ people don't all vote Labor: Liberal Party delegate

Tom Rabe
AAP

A Liberal delegate has told the party's federal council that how-to-vote pamphlets should continue to be distributed at polling booths for people with low IQ's, as "they don't all vote Labor".

Arguing against a motion to stop the distribution of how-to-vote material at electoral booths, Sophie York said it was important to keep the papers with photographs "for elderly people, for people with low IQ, they don't all vote Labor".

Outside the meeting in Sydney on Friday night, Ms York stood by her comments, saying some people in the federal council meeting "would assume that special needs people would naturally gravitate towards Labor and I know that that's not true".

She said she had just been giving examples of people who might need how-to-vote material and was not making a joke at the expense of people with low IQ.

NSW Liberal Party delegate Sophie York stood by her comments. Soruce: AAP

"I was talking about the different groups that might need a piece of paper on the day so they could make an educated voting decision," she said.

"We assume that everyone is interested in politics. A lot of people have no interest. They don't even know who their local member is."

Ms York, a former Navy legal officer, is also spokeswoman for anti-gay marriage group Marriage Alliance, according to her website.

Speaking on Seven's Weekend Sunrise, Gretel Killeen said while she disagrees with Ms York's stance on gay marriage, she admitted she too uses the how-to-vote cards on Election Day.

"I don't want to speak ill of this woman, I just want to confess that I use the pamphlet when I go to vote. You go past the sausage sizzle, wave hello to your friends and you forget what you're here for," Killeen said.

"I always use the cards. I don't approve of this, I think a lot of it is based in ignorance which a lot of our politicians seem to be harbouring."

Radio host Chris Smith was more scathing of Ms York's comments, saying they were "repulsive" and the Liberal Party should "get rid of her quickly".

"There are no words for this woman. I thought there was a joke there somewhere. It would've been a good one, but she wasn't joking," Smith said.

"It's repulsive," he added, suggesting it spoke volumes about the "calibre of politicians in this country".