More than 18,000 people asked to explain why they voted twice at election

More than 18,000 people asked to explain why they voted twice at election

More than 18,000 people have been asked to explain why they apparently voted more than once at the federal election.Despite heavy fines and the risk of jail time for multiple voting, two people were marked off the electoral roll 11 times on July 2. 

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A further two people had their names marked off five times, while four others had four marks and 51 people had three marks.Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers told a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday night 18,343 people have been asked to explain why their name was checked off more than once, with many expected to be in error.
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NSW, the most populous state, recorded 6760 instances of apparent multiple voting, compared with 4800 in Victoria and 2792 in Queensland.The Northern Territory recorded the fewest instances with 178.
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Despite nearly 8000 cases of suspected voting fraud at the 2013 federal election, not a single person was prosecuted for multiple voting – including those who admitted to casting more than one ballot.Of the 7743 suspect cases referred to the Australian Federal Police that year, jus…

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