Voting fraud (letter)by L.B. LovedayNews Weekly
, October 2, 2010
Dr Amy McGrath OAM highlights just one of the possible rorts of the Australian voting system ("Absentee voting an open door to fraud", News Weekly
, September 18, 2010).
I know of no other system where one can vote without some form of identification, and, prior to April 16, 2007, one did not even have to produce identification when enrolling; so most enrolments have never been verified, and people could enrol multiple times under different names.
I can go to a polling booth at opening time, give my neighbour's name and address and vote under his name, with or without his knowledge, before he arrives (better still if I know he is away). I can go to each polling booth in my electorate (there could be up to 60), voting at each under my name, his, or someone else's, provided I am prepared to answer "no" to the inane question "Have you voted elsewhere today?"
People living in a "safe" seat can change their address on the electoral roll to that in a marginal seat where their votes can affect the result.
Even worse, they can temporarily "move" to an electorate having a by-election. This happened in South Australia's Norwood state by-election of 1980 when up to 22 people were registered at the one address and the number of electors increased by around 10 per cent in the five months after a general election.
In the recent SA state election, one family claimed to have voted 159 times, including 31 times by a 17-year-old. Even the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), which in the past has buried its head in the sand, concedes it is possible.
This means, as Dr McGrath notes, that some are doing this - the only question is to what extent.L.B. Loveday,
Gawler South, SA