Can we rely on By-election results being correct?
On Sunday 22July 2018 on SkyNews, doubts were cast whether we can trust the results of the looming five By-elections.
“Our Electoral Rolls lack integrity, thus enabling Vote Frauds,” said Lex Stewart, President of Vote Australia on the Outsiders program, where Rowan Dean asked questions about a list of 16 Electoral fraud cases in Australia, while Ross Cameron provided horrific information about Vote Frauds in USA.
“It is not just me who is concerned. Reports by the Australian National Audit office state that the Electoral Rolls are in a shambles.”
“Official advice to me recently is that the Electoral Roll contains at least 248,000 incorrect enrolments, many of which have been deliberately falsified.”
Salim Mehajer, Deputy Mayor in Auburn, was sent to jail a month ago for deliberately adding fraudulent names to the Electoral Roll.
Noreen Hay in Wollongong is another example of many that Vote Australia could provide.
“Also Australia is one of the few countries in the world that lacks a requirement on voters to identify themselves when they go to Polling places to vote,” said Mr Stewart.
“Voter ID is required in most countries. Kenya and Iraq introduced it last year.”
Using Vote Frauds, marginal seats can be won by candidates who are not the ones for whom the majority of voters truly voted for.
“Our voting systems are simply not capable of delivering true Democracy,” said Mr Stewart.
“The government needs urgently to consider amending the Commonwealth Electoral Act to curb Vote Frauds.”
Letter to Sydney Morning Herald Editor
Some serious maladies in our voting systems are shown by your story “AFP finds no one to charge despite many cases of voting fraud” (26 Feb).
The AEC has admitted 18,770 cases of multiple voting in the 2013 election yet now one-and-a-half years later we find out that they can prosecute nobody.
Endemic problems in the AEC could no longer be hid when they lost ballot papers causing a new WA Senate election at a cost to taxpayers of $23million.
However this was not the first time.
For over 10 years Australians for Honest Elections Inc (AFHE) has been pointing out previous cases of losses of ballot papers, multiple voting and other problems, but the AEC has been inert.
However, far worse than multiple voting is the woeful state of the Electoral Rolls, partly due to false enrolments.
For example, the AEC admitted in a parliamentary committee on 13 November 2014
that there are “139,898 more electors on the NSW State Roll” (kept by the NSW Electoral Commission) “than on the federal Roll” (kept by the AEC).
Also, when one of our AFHE members doorknocked less than 10% of the Kingsford-Smith electorate in early 2013, he found 500 definitely false enrolments, and another 1,000 enrolments worth investigating. He took these lists of names and addresses (see photo attached) to the AEC, asking that they check and cleanse the Electoral Roll. The AEC refused to act, and we sailed into our September 2013 election with unknown amounts of false enrolments.
How confident can we be of a fair and honest NSW State election?!
Lex Stewart, President, Australians for Honest Elections, www.afhe.org.au
It was disturbing to uncover factual evidence on what most Australians thought to be just a grey area when we published our investigation of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). It is suffering from endemic corruption and has been the life line to both the Liberal and Labor parties keeping them perpetually in government. Read SOS-NEWS findings you need to know – http://www.sosnews.org/newsfront/?cat=174
There is a public inquiry after every federal election, although mostly kept quiet, this inquiry is looking into missing votes in WA, multi voting by individuals, people missing from AEC rolls at polling booths, and the list goes on.
Closing date for public submissions in 7th March 2014 by email to – email@example.com – have your say to install fair elections in our so called democracy. Take a look at other submissions – http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=em/elect13/subs.htm
The pensioner vote is large enough to hold the government accountable and that fact is seriously disturbing to the two major political parties.
A taboo subject by the major parties before elections is the hidden scourge of voting fraud. Like a crazy cousin it tends to be swept under the carpet.
The Australian Electoral Commission, since at least 1987, and more recently has been accused of being an accessory to the unlawful goaling of Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge of One Nation, and has faced allegations of being involved in voting fraud.
In her groundbreaking work, ‘The Frauding of Votes’ Professor Amy McGrath has dissected the electoral process in Australia. Her findings are quite discomforting, leaving the reader with a lingering mistrust of the election process.
Particularly, a foreword in the book researched by crime writer Bob Bottom, on Queensland vote fraud and the involvement of the Australian Labor Party reveals criminality gone unchecked.
One may ask,” will my vote go to where I intend it to go?” Or another question following an election could be,” I cannot find anyone who voted for that person or party.”
Or in marginal seats a result is often tipped one way or another by a handful of preferences, which could be a legitimate result, but in the experience of Cairns News researchers, the final result can often be dodgy.
Cairns News has on file some outstanding examples of roll manipulation providing large numbers of false enrollments.
One in particular is to enrol a false name at a real address. Of course it is hard to verify the authenticity of a name but not difficult to check an address.
We have 16 letters from the AEC all mailed to 16 different names at one Brisbane address. After exhaustive checks including title searches and council records only one name was a real person.
The modus operandi of rent-a-vote is to have a list of these names for pre-polling booths where the rorters often strike. The AEC issued a media release stating at this election a week ago there were more than 400,000 pre-polling votes cast. This is 150,000 more than last election, the AEC claimed.
No identification is needed to get a ballot paper at a federal election. Simply rock up to the table, give your name, tell the official you have not voted anywhere else that day and off you go to make your mark.
Simple arithmetic says if the roll is padded with 2700 names for example in the state seat of Cook at the state election these are sufficient available numbers to shore up a candidate’s result.
Essentially the roll was either over-padded with false names or the AEC failed to check identities and remove those unknown prior to the election.
There were only a handful of prosecutions after the election for people not voting in Cook.
A person with a list of falsely enrolled names could go to 50 booths in an electorate and vote 50 times in different names. None would be the wiser.
Cook it is an electorate which takes in Cape York so there may well be a number of people enrolled who did not vote. But the Electoral Commission is supposed to write to all people on the roll well before an election to ensure they do exist and their details are correct. If there is no reply then the name is removed from the roll, isn’t it?
Two glaring questions stand out in this highly illegal practice.
Who supplies the list to rent-a-vote and just who are these fraudsters who have been seen in the past by party workers traveling from booth to booth in small buses?
The AEC used to conduct physical habitation checks of every residence in the country, but these days it claims it does not need to do this expensive exercise. It says it cross checks all government and private data available to verify identities.
Everyday experience dealing with government and private bureaucracies would show this method to be less than reliable.
In 2004 One Nation Senator Len Harris corresponded with then AEC Commissioner Bob Longland. Longland admitted there were at least 400,000 entries on the roll whose identity was not verified.
This is the hidden cost of ‘democracy’ in Australia.