One of our readers lives in a rental, and apart from getting all the previous tenants junk mail, he’s now also able to vote four times in the Referendum.
I know him well enough, and he won’t. But it shows that a fair amount of voting forms never get to the intended recipient, and that it is unlikely that the Electoral Commission can determine if there is something sinister going on.
I happen to live in a part of Auckland where the average resident wouldn’t be aware or at least care enough about following up on their “missing” referendum packs. Someone bold enough could go empty out most of the letterboxes before people came home from work.
Right now I have four votes. I could easily go back outside and get myself dozens.
I dropped the Electoral Commission a note asking what happens when duplicate votes are submitted in the event someone follows up on a missing voting pack.
Postal voting is used for local body elections, and has been used for previous referendums, with little evidence of vote tampering or voter fraud.
Under the referendum legislation, voters who have moved can request replacement papers be sent to their new addresses. Their original papers will be cancelled when that request is made.
Each voting paper carries a QR code unique to the voter, which is used to mark them off the roll when their paper is returned, whilst maintaining the secrecy of the ballot. If two papers with identical QR codes were to be returned, they would be identified within the system and investigated.
Those who receive voting papers for people no longer at their address should return them so that the electoral roll can be updated. Read more »