LETTERS News Weekly
, August 31, 2013
To add a note to Julia Patrick’s article on the “scandalous shambles” of our electoral system (News Weekly, July 20), I happened to be in London at the time of the last federal election and, on seeing queues outside Australia House a week or so before the date, guessed that they were for advance voting.
I went along next day armed with my passport for identification, but no one was concerned to check it. All they wanted was the provision of a matching name and address for verification in the electoral roll.
With this level of security in the UK, anyone could vote in the name of Australians whose addresses they could accurately quote.
As voting was in advance of the election and available for at least a week, the opportunity for fraud was immense. In such a tightly-fought election, if that fraud had been targeted on marginal seats, it could have changed the outcome.
In an earlier instance, my daughter sent in a postal vote for her home electorate while working in the Northern Territory. Some time after the election she received a letter asking why she had voted twice.
Clearly, someone within the electoral system, finding her name on the local books not scored out, had voted in her name. With voting papers anonymous, there was no way this fraud could be rectified.
Dr Lucy Sullivan,
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