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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2621


Dr KLUGMAN(6.15) —The reason the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform introduced this measure is that when State redistributions take place the subdivisions are often changed. I am sure that the honourable member for Mitchell (Mr Cadman) has had experience of this in New South Wales. We then get people who have been used to going to a particular polling booth being told: ' You cannot vote here. You have to go to a polling booth in the other subdivision '. We had numerous complaints about this. We were worried about the problem that the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall) has raised, that people could vote twice or more often but had evidence from the Electoral Office to the effect that this just does not happen. In all the cases of double voting that have been investigated it has turned out that the same name was crossed out twice on the list. For example, it was found that T. Street might have been crossed off twice but A. Street has not been crossed off. It is quite obvious that those people who were eligible to vote voted only once.