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Tuesday, 6 April 1971

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Is there any similarity between the rejection of votes for the electorate of Campbelltown in the New South Wales Slate election, where a number of ballot-papers were ruled informal because they were initialled by the Returning Officer on the front instead of the back, and' the ruling given under the Commonwealth Electoral Act in the 1969 House of Representatives election in respect of absentee votes which recorded a first preference for Mr W. Morrison, M.P., but which were deemed informal because of the omission, by the Returning Officer at the absentee booth, of the name of one of the other contestants from the ballot-paper.

(2)   Will action be taken to ensure that errors by polling booth staff do not disfranchise voters who record a clear preference for candidates in an election.

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