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Australian Electoral Commission

( «Question» No. «1202» )


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon «notice» , «on» 15 September 2011:

In regard to the 2010 Federal Election and the issue of multiple voting:

(1) How many cases of potential multiple voting were identified.

(2) Of these cases, how many were in each electorate and how were these dealt with (for example, polling clerk error).

(3) Of the cases, how many did the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) write to and what is that number per electorate.

(4) Of the cases that the AEC wrote to, how many have not provided a satisfactory response and what is that number per electorate.


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

(1) 29,920.

(2) Cases per electorate - refer Attachment A. After eliminating official errors, including lists not being marked or scanned correctly, 16,210 electors remained to be investigated. 21 electors were subsequently found to be deceased.

(3) Enquiry letters were sent to 16,189 electors, seeking information as to why they had been marked as having voted more than once. For number per electorate - refer Attachment B.

13,775 cases required no further action:

6,265 voters were matched to an apparent non-voter record of similar name.

5,211 voters denied multiple voting.

1,660 replies indicated official error.

The remaining 639 voters were either deceased or were considered to require no further follow-up.

2,414 cases were further investigated:

1,458 voters admitted multiple voting, with over 80% being aged, new voters with limited understanding of the voting process or those with language difficulties.

The remaining 956 cases were predominantly non-responses which were referred to the relevant Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) for decision. The AEO then determined follow-up action of either sending a warning letter to the elector or finalising with no further action required.

19 cases were referred to the AFP for further investigation. In three cases the AFP’s initial review indicated no further action. The AFP conducted a Day of Action «on» 12 May 2011 to obtain further information from the remaining 16 apparent multiple voters. The AFP reported that:

11 voters denied voting more than once. In the absence of any further corroborating evidence, the AFP decided to take no further action.

In one case, the AFP could not contact the voter after multiple attempts, and decided to take no further action.

Four voters admitted voting more than once. Due to the related disabilities of one person the AFP decided that it was not appropriate to continue the matter. The three remaining voters that admitted to voting more than once were issued with a formal Police Caution.

(4) Summary of results - refer Attachment C

ATTACHMENT A

Division

Records

New South Wales

 

BANKS

294

BARTON

282

BENNELONG

262

BEROWRA

289

BLAXLAND

376

BRADFIELD

228

CALARE

153

CHARLTON

164

CHIFLEY

319

COOK

215

COWPER

221

CUNNINGHAM

154

DOBELL

159

EDEN-MONARO

189

FARRER

153

FOWLER

328

GILMORE

194

GRAYNDLER

275

GREENWAY

273

HUGHES

207

HUME

140

HUNTER

193

KINGSFORD SMITH

230

LINDSAY

233

LYNE

140

MACARTHUR

219

MACKELLAR

276

MCMAHON

308

MACQUARIE

188

MITCHELL

186

NEWCASTLE

148

NEW ENGLAND

138

NORTH SYDNEY

235

PAGE

119

PARKES

136

PARRAMATTA

308

PATERSON

125

REID

301

RICHMOND

144

RIVERINA

149

ROBERTSON

205

SHORTLAND

132

SYDNEY

251

THROSBY

150

WARRINGAH

217

WATSON

342

WENTWORTH

227

WERRIWA

325

Total NSW

10,500

 

 

Victoria

 

ASTON

189

BALLARAT

145

BATMAN

254

BENDIGO

139

BRUCE

223

CALWELL

626

CASEY

184

CHISHOLM

199

CORANGAMITE

137

CORIO

139

DEAKIN

152

DUNKLEY

201

FLINDERS

158

GELLIBRAND

275

GIPPSLAND

122

GOLDSTEIN

177

GORTON

324

HIGGINS

200

HOLT

335

HOTHAM

317

INDI

128

ISAACS

305

JAGAJAGA

141

KOOYONG

180

LALOR

311

LA TROBE

166

MCEWEN

230

MCMILLAN

156

MALLEE

126

MARIBYRNONG

254

MELBOURNE

338

MELBOURNE PORTS

262

MENZIES

194

MURRAY

129

SCULLIN

272

WANNON

134

WILLS

242

Total Vic

8,064

 

 

Queensland

 

BLAIR

135

BONNER

217

BOWMAN

273

BRISBANE

190

CAPRICORNIA

121

DAWSON

338

DICKSON

121

FADDEN

116

FAIRFAX

116

FISHER

88

FLYNN

152

FORDE

166

GRIFFITH

215

GROOM

96

HERBERT

166

HINKLER

109

KENNEDY

254

LEICHHARDT

222

LILLEY

227

LONGMAN

129

MCPHERSON

148

MARANOA

236

MONCRIEFF

171

MORETON

168

OXLEY

182

PETRIE

140

RANKIN

203

RYAN

235

WIDE BAY

166

WRIGHT

163

Total Qld

5,263

 

 

Western Australia

 

BRAND

110

CANNING

182

COWAN

210

CURTIN

155

DURACK

344

FORREST

123

FREMANTLE

224

HASLUCK

219

MOORE

165

O'CONNOR

142

PEARCE

138

PERTH

185

STIRLING

223

SWAN

199

TANGNEY

158

Total WA

2,777

 

 

South Australia

 

ADELAIDE

174

BARKER

237

BOOTHBY

159

GREY

145

HINDMARSH

194

KINGSTON

126

MAKIN

150

MAYO

97

PORT ADELAIDE

173

STURT

180

WAKEFIELD

165

Total SA

1,800

 

 

Tasmania

 

BASS

95

BRADDON

81

DENISON

180

FRANKLIN

124

LYONS

175

Total Tas

655

 

 

Northern Territory

 

LINGIARI

198

SOLOMON

157

Total NT

355

 

 

Australian Capital Territory

CANBERRA

252

FRASER

254

Total ACT

506

Grand Total

29,920

 

ATTACHMENT B

ACT

 

CANBERRA

117

FRASER

128

Total ACT

245

NT

 

LINGIARI

148

SOLOMON

46

Total NT

194

NSW

 

BANKS

192

BARTON

104

BENNELONG

159

BEROWRA

129

BLAXLAND

224

BRADFIELD

123

CALARE

86

CHARLTON

124

CHIFLEY

188

COOK

148

COWPER

82

CUNNINGHAM

90

DOBELL

75

EDEN-MONARO

99

FARRER

48

FOWLER

243

GILMORE

117

GRAYNDLER

169

GREENWAY

154

HUGHES

144

HUME

97

HUNTER

84

KINGSFORD SMITH

162

LINDSAY

137

LYNE

46

MACARTHUR

159

MACKELLAR

104

MACQUARIE

99

MCMAHON

223

MITCHELL

87

NEW ENGLAND

76

NEWCASTLE

106

NORTH SYDNEY

115

PAGE

71

PARKES

65

PARRAMATTA

143

PATERSON

80

REID

194

RICHMOND

94

RIVERINA

53

ROBERTSON

100

SHORTLAND

85

SYDNEY

117

THROSBY

81

WARRINGAH

93

WATSON

241

WENTWORTH

141

WERRIWA

210

Total NSW

5,961

QLD

 

BLAIR

89

BONNER

122

BOWMAN

100

BRISBANE

60

CAPRICORNIA

84

DAWSON

79

DICKSON

56

FADDEN

61

FAIRFAX

74

FISHER

47

FLYNN

83

FORDE

97

GRIFFITH

79

GROOM

54

HERBERT

88

HINKLER

61

KENNEDY

74

LEICHHARDT

132

LILLEY

67

LONGMAN

66

MARANOA

50

MCPHERSON

82

MONCRIEFF

90

MORETON

69

OXLEY

68

PETRIE

125

RANKIN

125

RYAN

75

WIDE BAY

77

WRIGHT

63

Total QLD

2,397

SA

 

ADELAIDE

111

BARKER

69

BOOTHBY

81

GREY

70

HINDMARSH

114

KINGSTON

79

MAKIN

90

MAYO

61

PORT ADELAIDE

108

STURT

111

WAKEFIELD

82

Total SA

976

TAS

 

BASS

67

BRADDON

52

DENISON

92

FRANKLIN

69

LYONS

59

Total TAS

339

VIC

 

ASTON

116

BALLARAT

72

BATMAN

151

BENDIGO

107

BRUCE

192

CALWELL

220

CASEY

106

CHISHOLM

116

CORANGAMITE

112

CORIO

94

DEAKIN

100

DUNKLEY

124

FLINDERS

102

GELLIBRAND

60

GIPPSLAND

90

GOLDSTEIN

144

GORTON

212

HIGGINS

89

HOLT

155

HOTHAM

200

INDI

74

ISAACS

212

JAGAJAGA

36

KOOYONG

88

LA TROBE

37

LALOR

255

MALLEE

66

MARIBYRNONG

140

MCEWEN

102

MCMILLAN

102

MELBOURNE

126

MELBOURNE PORTS

99

MENZIES

144

MURRAY

104

SCULLIN

208

WANNON

54

WILLS

166

Total VIC

4,575

WA

 

BRAND

78

CANNING

38

COWAN

160

CURTIN

70

DURACK

78

FORREST

89

FREMANTLE

132

HASLUCK

94

MOORE

92

O'CONNOR

114

PEARCE

58

PERTH

140

STIRLING

147

SWAN

137

TANGNEY

75

Total WA

1,502

National Total

16,189

 

ATTACHMENT C

 

Admis ­ sions of multiple voting

Elector Denial

No response from elector

Returned Undelivered

Total

Referred to AFP

ACT

 

 

 

 

 

 

CANBERRA

4

3

0

3

10

0

FRASER

4

0

0

5

9

0

Total ACT

8

3

0

8

19

0

NT

 

 

 

 

 

LINGIARI

3

1

47

38

89

0

SOLOMON

3

1

7

2

13

0

Total NT

6

2

54

40

102

0

NSW

 

 

 

 

 

BANKS

11

1

0

1

13

0

BARTON

12

1

0

0

13

0

BENNELONG

16

6

0

2

24

1

BEROWRA

8

1

0

2

11

0

BLAXLAND

14

10

1

1

26

0

BRADFIELD

5

1

0

0

6

0

CALARE

4

2

2

0

8

0

CHARLTON

8

3

5

0

16

0

CHIFLEY

10

0

2

0

12

0

COOK

7

0

2

0

9

0

COWPER

6

0

0

2

8

0

CUNNINGHAM

5

0

1

0

6

0

DOBELL

4

1

3

0

8

1

EDEN-MONARO

5

1

4

0

10

0

FARRER

6

1

0

1

8

0

FOWLER

19

3

2

2

26

0

GILMORE

7

10

0

0

17

0

GRAYNDLER

11

1

0

4

16

0

GREENWAY

7

5

15

0

27

1

HUGHES

5

2

0

1

8

0

HUME

14

0

9

3

26

0

HUNTER

4

1

0

2

7

0

KINGSFORD SMITH

8

0

1

2

11

1

LINDSAY

7

1

0

0

8

1

LYNE

4

1

0

0

5

0

MACARTHUR

4

9

0

0

13

2

MACKELLAR

18

5

2

3

28

0

MACQUARIE

5

3

0

2

10

1

MCMAHON

28

12

0

1

41

1

MITCHELL

4

2

0

0

6

0

NEW ENGLAND

6

1

1

1

9

0

NEWCASTLE

3

0

5

3

11

0

NORTH SYDNEY

3

0

0

4

7

0

PAGE

3

0

0

0

3

1

PARKES

4

0

0

1

5

0

PARRAMATTA

16

3

3

5

27

0

PATERSON

9

1

0

0

10

0

REID

24

2

1

3

30

0

RICHMOND

5

0

0

0

5

0

RIVERINA

6

0

0

0

6

0

ROBERTSON

1

0

0

2

3

0

SHORTLAND

4

1

5

1

11

0

SYDNEY

8

3

0

3

14

0

THROSBY

1

1

0

1

3

0

WARRINGAH

1

3

0

1

5

0

WATSON

27

4

3

5

39

1

WENTWORTH

13

1

0

3

17

0

WERRIWA

8

4

4

4

20

0

Total NSW

408

107

71

66

652

11

QLD

 

 

 

 

 

BLAIR

0

1

0

0

1

0

BONNER

2

0

11

1

14

0

BOWMAN

7

1

0

1

9

0

BRISBANE

4

0

7

0

11

0

CAPRICORNIA

5

0

9

1

15

0

DAWSON

1

0

0

6

7

0

DICKSON

3

0

2

1

6

0

FADDEN

1

0

0

4

5

0

FAIRFAX

12

1

0

1

14

0

FISHER

8

0

1

1

10

0

FLYNN

8

1

0

3

12

0

FORDE

14

0

0

0

14

0

GRIFFITH

11

0

5

1

17

0

GROOM

3

0

0

1

4

0

HERBERT

1

0

1

0

2

0

HINKLER

6

1

0

0

7

0

KENNEDY

0

0

0

0

0

0

LEICHHARDT

10

1

0

0

11

0

LILLEY

3

0

2

3

8

0

LONGMAN

6

1

7

0

14

0

MARANOA

3

0

0

1

4

0

MCPHERSON

4

0

0

0

4

0

MONCRIEFF

3

0

0

0

3

0

MORETON

6

0

5

0

11

0

OXLEY

1

0

0

0

1

0

PETRIE

4

0

0

2

6

0

RANKIN

10

0

0

2

12

0

RYAN

2

0

5

0

7

0

WIDE BAY

7

3

1

1

12

0

WRIGHT

3

0

3

0

6

0

Total QLD

148

10

59

30

247

0

SA

 

 

 

 

 

ADELAIDE

13

3

9

2

27

0

BARKER

7

2

6

2

17

0

BOOTHBY

4

0

6

0

10

0

GREY

4

0

0

0

4

0

HINDMARSH

20

1

2

0

23

0

KINGSTON

5

7

0

0

12

0

MAKIN

11

2