We’re nowhere near being in the same league as our trans-Pacific cousins, with their eighteen million (approximately) dead or otherwise fictitious registered voters, but it seems that some of us are answering the challenge.
Good God. Queue up, take how to vote cards, answer the questions… who would spend a Saturday doing that over and over? Incidentally, one question you get asked when you get your name checked off is ‘Have you voted already today?’ Maybe the Australian Electoral Commission can drop it next time. It would keep the lines moving a little faster.
Okay, so some of us are daft and some of us are crooks. It’s our convict heritage.
The representatives of the law might show a little interest in holding up their part of the business, though.
Despite nearly 8000 cases of suspected voting fraud at the 2013 federal election, not a single person was prosecuted for multiple voting – including those who admitted to casting more than one ballot… Before this year’s election the AEC wrote to more than 4600 people with a prior history of apparent multiple voting to remind them of the law.
‘Hi, BobSteveAlanMarjorie, it’s nearly election day. You gonna play nice this time? Or will we have to send you another big scary letter in three years?’