I first encountered the Australian Electoral Commission before I became an Australian citizen. The letters, the phone calls, the person who came to my front door demanding to know why no person living at my address was registered to vote. Probably because there are no Australian citizens living at this address was my reply. They were relentless – a door to door hunt for unregistered voters. I remember thinking that the government should put just as much effort into catching actual criminals.
Anyway, this story popped in the open thread (HT: Gab).
TASMANIA’S most senior federal politician has been accused of not voting in the recent federal election.
But Employment Minister Eric Abetz has the photographic evidence to prove otherwise.
Senator Abetz yesterday raised concerns about the reliability of the voting process after he received a letter indicating he had not voted in the September federal election.
The failure to vote letter from the Australian Electoral Commission arrived in his letter box yesterday.
The AEC has their excuses:
AEC national spokesman Phil Diak said the letter Senator Abetz was sent was common after elections.
“The process for issuing letters for apparent non-voter notices occurs after every election,” Mr Diak said.
“It does take a number of months to work through all of the examples.
“These polling-official errors can occur and they are all resolved by this process of these initial letters seeking advice.
“Obviously in this instance, there has been an error.”
To be sure – not as great an error as the WA Senate debacle but still a very significant error. It is unacceptable that people who have voted receive a letter of demand for $20 because a government agency can’t do its job.