Due to Australian Electoral Commission incompetence West Australian voters will be voting on April 5 in a re-run of the 2013 election.
Sending 1.5 million WA voters back to the polls to choose six new senators is expected to cost taxpayers as much as $20 million, electoral officials said this week.
The new election comes after the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, last week declared the September 7 result “absolutely void’’ as a result of the lost 1370 ballot papers.
I have yet to see an explanation of how 1370 votes were actually lost. Each ballot must be a about a metre long – so that’s at least 1.3 km of paper the AEC misplaced.
Anyway – nobody is criticising the Americans any more over their hanging chad debacle. At least they still had the chads and the ballot papers.
The thing that does trouble me, however, is that the election won’t be an actual re-run of the 2013 election:
The key dates in the build up to the new poll include the closing of electoral rolls on March 7, and nominations closing on March 13.
It seems to me that only those people who nominated previously should be allowed to contest the rerun. Otherwise WA voters get make a very different choice now than they did then.
If you are voting in the WA election – be sure to consider Linda Reynolds (related to our own Andrew Reynolds) and be sure to vote for the LDP.
Update: As yet I haven’t seen any betting markets for the WA result.