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Phillip Green needs to improve the admin at ACT polling places?

By Masquara - 19 October 2012 35

I voted at Pilgrim House and found the arrangements a bit slack. The polling box was soft green canvas, and when I went to “drop” mine in, it was so full, and the zip closer so soft and wide, that I could easily have reach in and fished out a handful of votes, with the exit RIGHT next to the “box”.

It was of course well within view of the people recording details and handing out the forms, but there was NO-ONE watching it! It appears that the electoral commission was attempting to save $$ by doubling up one of the tasks, so the lady ushering people in was perhaps also the security detail on the box.

It would actually have been easy to grab the whole box and run out the door with hundreds or thousands of votes, as there was no-one watching it and the people nearby were sitting behind tables.

When I told the lady at the door (when she had returned from the other side of the room) that I could easily have grabbed a handful of votes out, and she would have been none the wiser, she said, “Oh, OK, I’ll shake the box”.

It all felt a bit like a polling place in a country that wasn’t quite up to ensuring the democratic vote – rather than one of the world’s most developed and competent democracies.

What’s Your opinion?


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35 Responses to
Phillip Green needs to improve the admin at ACT polling places?
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dixyland 11:42 am
20 Oct 12
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You have to love your first world problems

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Masquara 12:32 pm
20 Oct 12
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dixyland said :

You have to love your first world problems

How is electoral integrity a “first world problem”? A rigorous system is vital to any ballot. Any voter could have stuffed ten illegal votes into that ballot box and they would have been counted.

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54-11 2:23 pm
20 Oct 12
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Well, my polling place was well staffed, no queues to speak of, and the whole process took just a few minutes.

Kudos to AEC from me.

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maxblues 2:31 pm
20 Oct 12
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Masquara said
“How is electoral integrity a “first world problem”? A rigorous system is vital to any ballot. Any voter could have stuffed ten illegal votes into that ballot box and they would have been counted.”
They only give you ONE (Robson rotated) voting form and I doubt the election will be decided by 10 votes, but I must admit I had to run the gauntlet of a much more sophisticated ID security system just to get into the Mawson Club for a Fat Yak or two than I did at the pre-poll centre.

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c_c 2:40 pm
20 Oct 12
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54-11 said :

Well, my polling place was well staffed, no queues to speak of, and the whole process took just a few minutes.

Kudos to AEC from me.

Same here, with the slight annoyance of the casual Elections ACT staffer talking super quietly so you couldn’t here a damn word. Other than that, smoothest voting I’ve ever done.

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SnapperJack 3:27 pm
20 Oct 12
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Simon Corbell has posted on Facebook pictures of him voting at Weetangera. Actual pics of him getting his name crossed off and putting his ballot paper in the box. I thought cameras were banned inside polling places. And who was taking the pics of him and did this person actually see how he filled out his ballot paper? So much for the secret ballot.

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thebadtouch 4:28 pm
20 Oct 12
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54-11 said :

Well, my polling place was well staffed, no queues to speak of, and the whole process took just a few minutes.

Kudos to AEC from me.

I thought the same, Very efficient – quick – easy – and painless. Well done to the casual staff and AEC.

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housebound 4:56 pm
20 Oct 12
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Our neighbour turned up to be told he wasn’t on the electoral roll, even though it appears when he checked the AEC website. Hope this doesn’t happen too much. Disenfranchising voters is never a good thing.

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Nightshade 10:22 pm
20 Oct 12
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housebound said :

Our neighbour turned up to be told he wasn’t on the electoral roll, even though it appears when he checked the AEC website. Hope this doesn’t happen too much. Disenfranchising voters is never a good thing.

He should have been given a declaration vote – I trust he wasn’t turned away.

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housebound 10:32 pm
20 Oct 12
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Nightshade said :

housebound said :

Our neighbour turned up to be told he wasn’t on the electoral roll, even though it appears when he checked the AEC website. Hope this doesn’t happen too much. Disenfranchising voters is never a good thing.

He should have been given a declaration vote – I trust he wasn’t turned away.

Nope. Turned away.

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wildturkeycanoe 11:54 pm
20 Oct 12
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Only 3 people in the room at our polling place, sitting back, tired from the activity. Wouldn’t take a lot for someone to grab the cardboard “bin” the ballots go into and run for their lives. The BBQ operators outside wouldn’t know what was going on till the fleet footed hooligans had reached the nearest park and spread our votes all over the playground. What would happen then? Dud election, start over?

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Holditz 12:45 am
21 Oct 12
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Anyone take advantage of any cake stalls and/or sausage sizzles?

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Ate 5:44 am
21 Oct 12
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SnapperJack said :

Simon Corbell has posted on Facebook pictures of him voting at Weetangera. Actual pics of him getting his name crossed off and putting his ballot paper in the box. I thought cameras were banned inside polling places. And who was taking the pics of him and did this person actually see how he filled out his ballot paper? So much for the secret ballot.

I’m pretty sure I know who Simon Corbell voted for anyway, don’t you?

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Ate 5:50 am
21 Oct 12
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housebound said :

Our neighbour turned up to be told he wasn’t on the electoral roll, even though it appears when he checked the AEC website. Hope this doesn’t happen too much. Disenfranchising voters is never a good thing.

Same thing happened to my flatmate, despite her receiving a letter confirming she was enrolled at our address. They didn’t turn her away.

Mr Ate and I filled out our ballot papers at Ainslie Primary at 8am, extremely quick and easy.

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sepi 7:29 am
21 Oct 12
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Campbell fete was pretty good. but the queue to vote was pretty long all morning – better by the afternoon, but all the pencils were blunt as anything by then.

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