The law says you can vote at any polling place in your electorate. Your name appears on every printed roll in every polling place on election day. A person can visit every polling place in their electorate and could vote up to 50 times in their own name without being prosecuted. If the voter gets an official letter demanding to know why they voted more than once, they can deny any wrong doing and avoid being charged because ballot papers are not signed by the voter so they cannot be traced to the voter. To cheat is too tempting.
Let’s tell our politicians to stop this racket. Tell them to pass legislation to bring in a master electronic roll that lets officials electronically mark voters’ names the first time they receive voting papers.
- For their convenience, voters can vote in any of up to 50 polling places in their electorate.
- However, so can imposters who enrol to vote in other people’s names.
- News reports confirm the fraud at every election and no one is being prosecuted.
- Restoring subdivision voting (voting at the polling place nearest to your home) can help discourage imposters from fraudulently lodging ballot papers in your and other people’s names multiple times at multiple polling places across an electorate.
Public trust in Australian elections is at risk. Our democracy relies on that trust. Faulty procedures compromise free and fair election processes and undermine public confidence.