Thursday, May 16, 2019

An Electoral Shambles

Some of our readers will be aware a federal election takes place in Australia on Saturday.

They might not be aware this time around, the period during which early voting is allowed has been extended to three weeks.  As a result of this relaxation it appears there will be around five million early votes.   Early voting is supposed to be allowed only where there is a genuine reason to do so.   'I don't like waiting in line on election day' is not deemed to be a genuine reason and the Commission acknowledges this requirement is not policed.

Potentially this has the capacity to turn election night commentary into a bit of a shambles because a large proportion of these early votes are not counted until the Monday after the election.

From what I can see, the Electoral Commission tries to count all early votes cast in a voter's electorate on the night but it is expected the volume of these is such that there may be insufficient staff to complete the task on Saturday.  Absentee votes and postal votes have always been counted on the Monday.

Apparently parliament is to review the current early voting arrangements.  My guess is the period will be pulled back to one week.

4 comments:

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

and your point is??

Roj Blake said...

Possibly that Adolf is worried the Tories will be thumped because their "Dear Leader" held is "Policy Launch" only a week before polling day. Adolf is worried that all the money Clive Palmer has spent will not be reflected in votes for Palmer and preferences for The Tories. The Tories have been running scared, using their own staff and volunteers to hand out Palmer's How To Vote Cards.

Most, if not all, of the early voters, would be those who never change their vote, always vote Tory, Labor, Ratbag Party.

David said...

Hey Roj, you forgot one - The Coalition of Losers fighting it out over their How To Vote Cards.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

The point is, legbut, people like to see a result on election night.