Oh dear. Some Crikey readers are
teasing the Australian Electoral Commission over our report earlier
this week about just how many – or few – of the malefactors who didn’t
vote in the federal election last October are being pursued.

can still expect a knock on the door, the Commission’s acting director
of Media and Communications Roger Wills says. At least that’s what we
think he’s saying (cutting through the semi-literate corporate speak),
going by an email to a Crikey subscriber that’s been passed on. Perhaps
it’s only because Wills is an acting director that he doesn’t realise
that “Good afternoon” is not an acknowledged opening in written

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your email.

The comment regarding the lack of enforcement by the AEC is not correct.

is a multi-staged process to investigate instances of apparent
non-voting. The AEC has issued in excess of 450,000 non-voter penalty
notices from which various responses are received, for example
providing a valid and sufficient reason such as being overseas at the
time or paying the fine.

Depending on responses or otherwise to
the non-voter penalty notices and the particular circumstances of each
would depend on whether the final stage of non-voter follow up would
occur. It should be noted that the AEC has until 8 October (12 months
following polling day) to issue proceedings for court action.


Roger Wills
Roger Wills
Acting Director
Media & Communication Section
Australian Electoral Commission

Peter Fray

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