Originally posted by Klaatumagnum
reply to post by Silver Shadow
Now this is ATS, please pull down your tin foil hat before you answer my question(s) my dear Ozzie friend, do you honestly think that your system of
elections is on the up and up?
We have a full paper voting trail here, that is watched and scrutinized by representatives from each political party, and members of the public at
every single stage of the process.
Physical Security is handled by the Australian Electoral Commission, and by the state police force.
While it is possible for someone to cheat by voting multiple times at multiple polling booths, that would show up instantly as extra votes.
For instance 20,000 registered voters casting 25,000 votes.
To do this you would have to say you were someone else, and that would show up as that person voting twice (or more).
So it is not possible for extra votes to be fed into the system without being detected. And it is not possible for votes to be switched, because the
polling booths and ballot boxes are under continuous human physical surveillance by representatives of all the major political parties, none of which
want to see their rivals pull a swifty..
After the election the paper votes are very rapidly electronically scanned, so we get a very quick election result within hours of the polling booths
Faking that is not possible, because after the fast electronic scan, the votes are counted again totally by hand, with observers from each political
party standing right behind the election officials that count the votes.
Only when one party admits defeat will the results be final.
In the event of a very close result, the votes will be counted over and over again, as many times as it takes to get a result that satisfies all the
people watching the entire process.
We have a very good system here based on a solid paper trail, fully witnessed and it is witnessed by members of the public and the political parties,
to ensure there can be no possibility of cheating.
You might have noticed that in this last Aussie election, everyone has been biting their nails about the result.
But NOBODY has ever said any cheating was involved, because it just would not be possible to do without it being very obvious.
Our system is fair, open, and honest, and kept that way by both the politicians and the voters. We like it like that........