South Australian 2010 election “The results are in” and they
It takes time to get the true results of an election, well
for the people, and even then it is never made public, seems it is best we
don’t know what happens in our Democracy, even though Demos Cratos = The people
The SA election was in March 2010, some of the true
facts were uncovered in the court of disputed returns a few months later, but
there is not a chance in hell the people would be allowed to know those facts,
even though the media were advised on more than one occasion.
Only a few weeks ago, facts on the huge multiple voting
that occurred were published in a back room article, but the tens of
thousands of missing ballot papers and the fact over 77,000 missed out on their
vote, because their names went missing of the electoral roll, uncovered with in
a couple of months of the election is seemingly not news.
It is also not worthy of exposure that regardless of the
conduct or count of a general election, the results stand firm, something I
find atrocious, let alone the many other hidden facts, like the governments own
crown solicitors arguing that our common law rights of elections no longer
apply to have my case struck of, even though they bloody well do.
So lets get
down to the facts and figures;
1,093,316 people were enrolled to vote in South Australia by
the latest reports, yet during the election the figure was 1,015,386. The AEC
confirmed over 77,000 names went missing of the rolls, and many who
did vote received fines for not voting, was this a result of the new
I-rolls or simply total mismanagement?
“I believe the new I rolls being used for the first time,
resulted in these 77,000 long term voters missing out on their vote, either
way, the amount of people who missed out is unacceptable, and the results of
the election are therefore just as unacceptable”.
Multiple voting ran rife, but the figures have not
been published, just as the many dead people who voted, or the many registered
at addresses that no longer exist.
For me it was the lack of information on how to vote and who
was running, my how to vote website went from 50 hits a month to over 30,000 in
a couple of days, the Electoral commissions web services went from 70,000 at
the 2006 election to near 250,000 in 2010, coincidently the same year the how
to vote booklet was no longer sent out, even though the Act it self demands the
electoral commissioner ensures you are well informed.
“No Person, government department or the media are
expected in any way to inform people of their choices, not even the electoral
act ensures that”
Declared institutions were reduced, resulting in many of our
most vulnerable missing out on their vote, let alone the many reports of
undue influence. Some voters in Hospitals and nursing homes, reported they were
asked the question “Labor or Liberal” from their room door, and the ballot
filled in for them?
Postal voting had a major increase due to the major parties
sending out hundreds of thousands of postal vote applications, up near 40,000,
of which over 6,500 applications were dismissed as dodgy, and over 16,500
ballot papers that were sent out simply went missing, a number far in
excess of the winning margins. (25,000 applications failed or ballots went
missing, enough to change the results of many seats)
The 2 party preferred count, a system resulting from the
structural biases of letting the 2 major parties control electoral law,
resulted in 48% to Labor and 51% to Liberal, despite that fact Labor were
elected, against the preference of the South Australian people.
44,100 people failed to vote, 22,807 were excused and
21,293 were fined, add these figures to the missing ballot papers, the invalid
votes, the 77,000 missing names and the any other abnormalities, then consider
the result votes wise now matches the electors, and something sinister has
occurred. (Over 10,000 people were send enforcement orders)
“Consider these figures when we take in the fact, many
attended to vote and found their names missing of the rolls, the new I-rolls,
and the many reports of those who did vote, receiving letters from the
electoral commission saying they did not”.
The political parties themselves handled over 58,632
postal vote applications, remembering the Labor party had the name Isobel
Redmond registered as a reply paid address, so information sent to Isobel,
actually ended up with in the Labor party offices, so they knew the preference
of tens of thousands of voters.
There was also a 71% increase in complaints received
by the commission, plus a vast amount of complaints of an ethical nature, a
clear indication, and the election strayed from what we believe to be a
In the legislative council ballot, near 6% of votes were informal,
a massive figure even though the Electoral commission made it clear many of
these people had tried to cast a valid vote, again in excess of winning
margins, and most simply didn’t even try.
Over 20.5 % of informal votes, would have been formal under
optional preferential voting, consider our chief justice Murray Gleeson,
confirmed our entitlement “if change be necessary, must be made by the Free
will of an Informed electorate” interesting enough, the Act actually says such
votes should be counted, but that would offend the 2 party systems? (38% in the
Adelaide district alone)
The Electoral Act clearly states “if a ballot paper is not filled in
a manner required by this act, but the voters intention is clear, then the vote
will count” yet the voters intention is able to be guessed by the commissioner,
who the hell can guess a persons intent beyond what they have marked?
\58,714 upper house ballot papers were informal; with get
this a 2.2% Administration error? 34.6%
informal votes again were confirmed as attempts to vote formally, enough votes
in doubt to change the government is SA in many ways on its own.
Total costs to us of this debacle 8.9 Million
Labor dressed up as another party, and gave out dodgy
information on the day of the election to dupe voters, and this is the party
leading our state, deplorable.
The Outcome is simple the Labor Party won by a hand full of
votes, yet informal votes massively exceeded their winning totals, dodgy postal
ballot applications also far exceeded their win, missing ballot papers could
have well changed the outcome, let alone a host of other major issues, even the
multiple voting standing alone could have changed the result.
The Labor party were caught red handed impersonating another
party to dupe voters, and their registering of the opposition leaders name as a
reply paid, also allowed them to intercept voters information, statutory
decelerations in the hundreds described hundreds of other dodgy practices,
which never made court scrutiny, there fore remaining un proven, including
undue influence, misleading advertising and many other issues.
The Electoral Commission is well aware of all these issues,
and I can only assume dozens more, the list of departures from ideal and
legislated conduct are huge including;
being turned away from the polling booths based on the dress standards
booths running out of ballot papers
being denied their right to both replacement ballot papers and absentee
practices outside the polling booths
- How to
vote information and preferencing information absent from the booths
How to vote guide which used to be posted to every home was dropped
access to other candidates information for preferencing unavailable in
declared institutions missed out on mobile polling
were asked to vote under others names
list is endless and I mean it
Under Common law the people have certain voting rights, yet
this election was not one that was comfortable at law, it strayed so far from
the legislated requirements it was not in fact a legal election, so the results
should be invalidated and a new and honest election should be held, while we
are at it, lets debate reforms, so future elections are democratic.
long term voters missed out on their vote (ask your friends)
postal ballot papers went missing
postal ballot applications were invalidated
unknown quantity of people were turned away for various reasons and many
did not receive a ballot paper
made mistakes and were refused replacement ballot papers
who did vote were fined for not voting (what happened to their votes?)
upper house voters ballot papers were deemed invalid and not counted, even
though most tried to cast a vote (if the information was available to
assist them what would have happened to their votes and the outcome in
200,000 extra on line hits seeking how to vote information, proves the
electoral commissions lack of information expected under the Act, had an
influence on the outcome.
“So much for our entitlement to a free and informed vote”
Compare the results of the election with the above figures:
- In the
upper house count candidates were excluded by votes as low as 17 in total
- In the
lower house seats were won by votes of around 2000 in most cases, from
167, many under 1000 votes, so the swing created by a legal and fair
election, could change the whole political landscape
are well over 120,000 votes in doubt.
The state election was not a valid election by way of either
the dodgy legislation or our common law right to a vote, even our
constitutional entitlement was ignored well in excess of the winning margins,
the State Labor party have NO right to lead this state, and the tens of
thousands of voters who missed out or had their ballot papers go missing,
deserve their right to a free vote, in any event less than 5% of votes cast
were not informed votes!
Mark M Aldridge
Independent Candidate and Alliance supporter
82847482 / 0403379500
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