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Monday, 27 February 2012
Page: 979

Australian Electoral Commission

(Question No. 1510)

Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 16 January 2012:

With reference to the Australian Electoral Commission and the 2007 federal election:

(1) How many cases of multiple voting were detected for the seat of McEwen, and of that number how many:

(a) cases were due to administrative error; and

(b) people were spoken to in order to determine this figure.

(2) How many people admitted to multiple voting, and what action, if any, was taken against them.

Senator Wong: The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Following the 2007 election, the names of 134 electors enrolled in the Division of McEwen were found to be marked off a certified list more than once.

(a) 122:

107 were matched to a response received from an apparent non-voter.

3 were due to other official error.

in 12 cases the elector denied voting more than once and there was no other evidence to indicate either official error or multiple voting.

(b) All 134 electors whose name had been marked off more than one certified list were sent an enquiry letter, by express post. Reminder letters were sent to 29 electors, also by express post. 130 replies were received, 1 elector was found to be deceased after polling day and 3 electors did not respond.

(2) 8. After consideration of their responses and review by the AEC's Chief Legal Officer all eight were issued with a warning letter.