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Fraudulent Voting

Thursday, July 04, 2013

When Australians cast their votes at elections, are they getting who they really voted for? Electoral fraud is quite real and does happen in our elections. I know, I and One Nation have been a victim of it. 

When anyone goes to vote they are not asked for any form of identification. Just asked for their name and address. The old saying “Vote Early, Vote Often”, is associated with people moving from booth to booth, and voting at all the booths.

A Liberal party member told me years ago, when counting the votes, if they came across a blank vote they would have a piece of lead under their fingernail and mark the ballot paper to make a formal vote for their candidate. Another reason why scrutineers; especially for minor parties and independents need to be present at vote counting.

When I stood for the NSW Upper House in 2011, I narrowly missed winning the last seat by 900 votes. For 5 days, I didn’t have scrutineers watching the count until another minor party member, rang advising me to get people down there fast. When rechecking the blank votes, (votes that are not marked at all), my scrutineer found 15 of my votes in one pile of 50. There were approximately 150,000 blank votes.

Also, there were approximately 170,000 informal votes. A scrutineer observed a bundle of 2,000 informal votes marked for me and not counted, because people voted beside my name and didn’t mark all the required squares. In that election, I was denied having my name above the line because I was not a registered political party, which further confused people. The major political parties wish to keep it this way because it favours them.

I challenged that election in the Court of Disputed Returns, based on an email I received from a person claiming to be Michael Rattner, claiming that fraud was involved. I wanted a recount; considering I came so close to winning the seat and also, based on information, re the blank votes. It was not to happen. Michael Rattner was actually Sean Castle and to this day, he has never been charged. WHY? Under the law, he committed a criminal offence. 

My grandfather, was with the Labor Party Executive in 1936. He informed my father, in later years, of the electoral fraud that occurred, when a ballot box was completely replaced with fresh votes. 

Dr Amy McGrath, OAM, wrote the book, “The Forging of Votes” and, with the aid of Bob Bottom, OAM; distinguished investigative journalist, “The Frauding of Votes,” first published in 1995.

In the book “The Frauding of Votes”, Dr McGrath writes: 

It was discovered that, when the Queensland election was held on 1 November 1986, there were 1,563,294 voters on the Queensland rolls – 45,732 fewer than the 1,618,358 gazetted by the Commonwealth for Queensland, three days before. Yet, when the next Queensland election was held on 2 December 1987, there were 1,780,785 electors on the Queensland rolls; 46,580 more than the 1,752,405 gazetted by the Commonwealth for Queensland, the day before.

A major expose in the Courier Mail, on 4 November, 2000, alleged that rorted votes contributed to the 1987 election victory of Labor candidate Michael Lavarch in Fischer. The expose, relied largely upon information from a party insider. The insider was quoted as saying, that he and other party supporters, had cast numerous votes for Lavarch and other ALP candidates, at state and federal elections, by illegally impersonating people. “We got one girl of 18 from Young Labor, who thought it was quite exciting. She voted 14 times,” the insider told the Courier Mail.

What happens if political parties stack the votes in marginal seats? They register people in caravan parks and where ever they can. Queensland, has since adopted a joint federal-state roll in January 1992.

It will not be the will of the Labor, Liberal, National or Greens to push for our voting system to be cleaned up. It has to come from the will of the people. 

One Nation proposes for state and federal elections:

  • Prior to an election, every registered voter with the AEC, receives a card with their name and address on it.
  • When voting that card must be presented with identification, (drivers licence, passport, or other; proving identity and address). 
  • The card is then collected by the person crossing your name off the roll, before receiving voting papers. 
At the end of election the number of cards should equate to the number of names crossed off the roll. 

It costs the Australian taxpayer approximately $100 Million, to hold a federal election. This is separate to electoral funding that political parties and independents receive. It is important to our democracy, that we have trust in our voting system. From what I have seen and heard, I don’t.

Written by Pauline Hanson.



 




 


 


 

 

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