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Voting early and often? Electoral fraud in Canberra

By johnboy 30 December 2011 27

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The Liberals Senator Gary Humphries is returning to the shores of the sane following yesterday’s frolic with madness and is asking some uncomfortable questions about electoral fraud in Canberra:

The last Federal election saw over 500 cases in the ACT where a person may have voted more than once, according to official Australian Electoral Commission data.

“In every one of the 506 cases in the ACT, not one was referred to the Federal Police – that to me is cause for great concern,” Senator Gary Humphries said today

“By the AEC’s own admission, a simple denial of multiple voting leads to no further follow up by the authorities.

“It is imperative that Australia’s voting system is robust and its integrity is upheld. If the net result of 29,920 cases of multiple voting is no prosecutions at all, where is the disincentive?

“We may need to consider better methods of ensuring voter identification at election time.

Now there are a few contending influences at play here.

If you have read The Education of a Young Liberal (and all Australians should) you’ll have some idea how the bright young things of both political parties stitch up their factional fiefdoms.

They gain control of the identities of marginalised citizens (usually recent migrants, but also the elderly) and add those identities to their “numbers” in sub-branch politics.

It’s no great stretch of the imagination to see those identities used at election time either.

If you know the name and address of someone unlikely to present and vote on election day then it’s not hard to imagine a “whatever it takes” operator popping down to multiple polling places and casting multiple votes.

The purple finger dye used in new democracies to mark who has already voted would do wonders here if only we were willing to admit there could be a problem.

Having said that, the Liberals have had a long running agenda of trying to make it harder to vote.

Their internal rationale is pretty cynical; they believe people with limited identity documents are more likely to vote Labor or Green.

So a lot of the high minded talk out of the Liberal Party on electoral integrity is not as noble as they’d have you believe.

As an interested neutral I’d just like to see the election ink rolled out.

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banjo 11:20 am 03 Jan 12

dungfungus said :

Henry82 said :

dungfungus said :

This won’t work because the same “voter” can go straight to the polling booth in the next suburb and produce exactly the same ID.

Possibly, but at the end of the election the AEC actually has enough evidence to fine/charge people. Your suggestion would be great if the AEC has an unlimited budget. However this hardcopy method is cheaper and doesn’t have server crashes.

Then how come a limited function elctronic system is available for ACT elections?

Because the laws are different for state elections vs federal elections, not to mention the difference in the amount of voters between the two.

“Electronics” wise, with the Electoral Act asside, it has nothing to do with backend “server” capability (look at what ABS acheived with the Census online) and everything to do with regional connectivity. With the 1000’s of poling places around the country, some of which occur in areas that are lucky to have electricity let alone any form of network access, paper is the most feasable option. The votes do eventually make their way to larger processing centres that are on “the network” which gives the results all the way back to the NTR/VTR but “real time” mark off that a voter has voted is a difficult thing to achieve at this point in time. At the end of the day, if illegal activity by way of multiple votes was deemed to affect an outcome, a recount would be performed and an enquiry conducted with honest democracy eventualy prevailing if somewhat “slow”.

dungfungus 8:03 pm 01 Jan 12

Henry82 said :

dungfungus said :

This won’t work because the same “voter” can go straight to the polling booth in the next suburb and produce exactly the same ID.

Possibly, but at the end of the election the AEC actually has enough evidence to fine/charge people. Your suggestion would be great if the AEC has an unlimited budget. However this hardcopy method is cheaper and doesn’t have server crashes.

Then how come a limited function elctronic system is available for ACT elections?

Savanna100 1:48 pm 01 Jan 12

Bloody hell, its boring enough to vote once…makes no difference anyway.

Henry82 6:32 pm 31 Dec 11

dungfungus said :

This won’t work because the same “voter” can go straight to the polling booth in the next suburb and produce exactly the same ID.

Possibly, but at the end of the election the AEC actually has enough evidence to fine/charge people. Your suggestion would be great if the AEC has an unlimited budget. However this hardcopy method is cheaper and doesn’t have server crashes.

Classified 4:04 pm 31 Dec 11

johnboy said :

I’m curious which side you think I’m taking?

Anyone but Liberal. It’s pretty obvious really.

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