LIBERAL candidate for Charlton Kevin Baker has halted his political campaign just two-and-half weeks out from the federal election date.
Last Tuesday, August 20, it was revealed that Mr Baker had previously hosted a web forum that contained derogatory, racist and sexist comments.
Mr Baker has unreservedly apologised for the site and has decided to stop campaigning for the seat.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott disendorsed Mr Baker as a Liberal party candidate.
Despite these actions, Mr Baker's name will still appear on the ballot paper at the No. 2 position as "Kevin Baker, Liberal".
The other candidates will be in the order that was declared by the Australian Electoral Commission on August 16.
The ballot papers were printed on August 17 to 18 and early voting started on August 20.
Charlton voters, like all other voters across the nation, will be instructed to vote formally.
On the House of Representatives ballot paper, which is the one in question, they will need to number all the boxes.
Any extra marks on the ballot paper, such as crossing out or scribbling, will deem it informal.
An Australian Electoral Commission media spokesperson said that despite the turmoil, everything would proceed unchanged.
By Commonwealth law, once a candidate is declared, voting, counting and declared results must follow procedure.