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Feb 17, 2017

Poll Bludger: the dangerous path of ‘voter fraud’

A good deal of so-called "voter fraud" is actually just an excuse to disenfranchise people who would vote progressive.

If there’s any truth to the old adage about America’s sneezing causing our own country to catch a cold, Australians of a sensitive persuasion have had a lot to be nervous about lately.

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  1. bob moore

    Is there any basis for the apparent assumption of conservatives that actual voter fraud does not work to their benefit?

  2. Leroy Lynch

    If we ever get a serious “voter fraud” push in Australia, along with voter ID you could also see a move to non-compulsory voting. In fact the two things really need to go together, you can’t make it hard for people to vote then say you have to vote. If it ever happens, a right wing govt will do it. Labor will never support non-compulsory voting or voter ID. In fact, to really do a thorough voter suppression job, it would be about the same time you’d also outsource vote counting, and reduce the booth count too. However, compulsory voting is very popular in Australia. In my view, its mainly cranks and people who overthink politics/rights who oppose it, when they’re not right-wingers trying to think strategically. See these polls below…

    In 2005 compulsory voting had 74% support in Australia
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Poll-shows-majority-favours-compulsory-voting/2005/03/27/1111862241033.html
    In 2013 it was 71%
    http://essentialvision.com.au/documents/essential_report_131022.pdf

    FactCheck Q&A: how unusual is compulsory voting (not that unusual), and do 90% of New Zealanders vote without it? (no)
    https://theconversation.com/factcheck-qanda-how-unusual-is-compulsory-voting-and-do-90-of-new-zealanders-vote-without-it-62443

    Compulsory voting results in more evenly distributed political knowledge
    http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/compulsory-voting-results-in-more-evenly-distributed-political-knowledge/

    Scrapping compulsory voting would be a boost for extremists, say Joyce, Turnbull (2013 – so we may be safe, until the next right wing govt, and given the unpredictabilty of such a rule change on the result of any given *next-election,* the Coalition will still hesitate )
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/scrapping-compulsory-voting-would-be-a-boost-for-extremists-says-barnaby-joyce/story-e6frgczx-1226547512089

  3. Dan Telet

    Restricting voting to owners of real estate would solve many LNP problems.

    1. Charlie Chaplin

      Ah yes! Return to the good old days constitutionally as well as practically!

  4. michael dwyer

    In the late 1950s I was a poll clerk at a municipal election. Voting was restricted to owners and occupiers of property within the municipality. Spouses only got the vote if the property was in joint names. The value of the property determined whether the voter was entitled to three, two or just one vote. This would certainly lead to a conservative majority.
    At the time Richmond council had a lot of dead people on the roll, and the O’Connell-Loughnan group ran the council for many years.

  5. Graeski

    I can’t seriously believe that anyone would be prepared to stand in a polling booth queue more than once per election – let alone the tedium of having all those ‘how to vote’ cards pushed at you multiple times.

  6. AR

    Good point by LL – the abolition of compulsory voting has been a tory wet dream for decades – Nick Minchin & Jones often sang duets about its evils when the Rodent ruled.