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What’s the AEC got to hide?

Questions are being asked about the transparency of the Australian Electoral Commission, with the AEC refusing to open its vote-counting software to public scrutiny. Does the AEC have a reason to be so secretive?

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Voter ID laws will fix what ain’t broke

Australia’s first voter ID laws will be put to the test next month in a Queensland byelection. The public is increasingly worried about lax identification requirements at polling booths — but with very little voter fraud, are increased measures necessary?

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Turn off the telly and let the sunlight in on political donations

Efforts to restrict the unedifying process of politicians selling access to themselves are unlikely to work, but greater real-time transparency of who is trying to influence politicians might.

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Counting votes, the Wright way: what the AEC should be looking at

There’s been plenty of talk on the system of preferential voting in the wake of the Western Australian election rerun. But mathematics masters student Casey Briggs says we should focus on the method of counting itself.

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A fix for what’s not broken: why Australia doesn’t need voter ID

Are new rules needed to stop multiple voters from undermining Australian elections? Not according to the local and international evidence, writes Jennifer Rayner at Inside Story.

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Political donations: how Labor got crushed by the Liberal money machine

New political donation data shows how generous donors were to the Liberal Party as it closed in on victory. But we have to wait for the donations that came once Kevin Rudd returned (briefly) to power.

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Broken electoral system, not 1370 votes, to blame for WA mess

An inquiry into how the AEC managed to lose critical votes has laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Electoral Commissioner. But there is plenty to go around.

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Long days, no pizza, widespread mistakes: AEC staff speak out

It’s no surprise mistakes were made in counting votes on election night, according to the Electoral Commission workers who spoke to Sally Whyte. They were overworked, undertrained and standards were slipping.

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Palmer misses the point about the AEC

Crikey readers talk the AEC and the Western Australian Senate vote debacle. Plus Guy Rundle and a reader go head-to-head.

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How to avoid a fresh WA Senate election

With 1375 votes missing, will Western Australians be forced back to the polls over the disputed Senate result? The courts will decide, but our resident psephologist says it could be avoided.

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Million-dollar snafu as parties distribute illegal HTVs

Labor, Liberals, the Greens and the Sex Party have all been caught out by new rules on how-to-vote cards, with all parties incorrectly formatting some of their cards. It could be a costly mistake.

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London polling: how will Aussie expats vote?

Australians around the world have started voting by post and in person. But with hundreds of thousands disenfranchised due to strict AEC rules, will their votes make a difference?

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It’s party time: September 7 will be a voters’ smorgasbord

There are more political parties contesting this election than ever before. Is that a win for democracy — or democratic overkill? Crikey intern Henry Belot asks some experts.

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Supersized ballot papers: is e-voting the answer?

Voters will grapple with enormous ballot papers in this year’s federal election, as micro-parties proliferate. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte asks if there’s an easier way to cast your vote.

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Clive’s latest challenge a doddle for the Doyen of Doorknockers

Mining magnate Clive Palmer has a fortnight to find a sitting federal MP or 500 members for his new party, or it will hit an iceberg before this year’s federal election.

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One Nation claims against ‘vengeful and political’ Abbott acts

Fifteen years after it began, Tony Abbott’s secret pact to destroy One Nation will be examined in open court. Crikey has obtained the statement of claim by One Nation co-founder David Ettridge.

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Pauline Hanson eyes an election comeback: can she do it?

Pauline Hanson says she’ll run at this year’s federal election. Does she stand a chance — and can she make a buck out of taxpayer-funded public electoral funding? Crikey intern Carrington Clarke investigates.

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Another year, another round of media failures on campaign finance

The release of donations data should be one of the year’s biggest dumps of hot political news. It’s high time the mainstream media stopped turning a blind eye and started asking questions.

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Miners, developers pile in to fund Newman’s LNP campaign

Big political donors ditched Anna Bligh’s failing government and put their money behind Campbell Newman’s bid for the Queensland premiership, data from the AEC reveals.

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AEC donor dump: who paid out for the parties in 11-12

It’s poor, inconsistent and late — but we finally have a glimpse of who donated to political parties in 2011-12. So who did the shooters donate to?

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Electoral Commission on a roll as hunt on for the unenrolled

The Australian Electoral Commission today launches “Count Me In.” As it describes it: “a nationwide hunt for voters missing from the electoral roll.”

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Qld Labor ends electoral arms-race — just when the LNP benefits

Queensland Labor enters the 2012 election without one of its key campaigning tools of recent years. The party’s success has been built on massively outspending its opponents. New laws bring that to an end just when the tables were turned.

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Check your maths, and your letterbox

You can learn a lot from digging through 12 years worth of Australian Electoral Commission filings …

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The rise and rise of mining company donations

Big mining money has shifted behind the Coalition and poses a serious threat to Labor if maintained.

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The new electoral law that will deliver tens of millions to parties

A new bill will see tens of millions of dollars channelled to political parties in the name of democracy.

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