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Report on irregularities relating to the opening of ballot boxes at certain Pre-poll Voting Offices in the Divisions of Boothby and Flynn

  • Elections


The Electoral Commissioner, Ed Killesteyn today released a report into the irregular handling of pre-poll votes by electoral officials in the Division of Boothby and the Division of Flynn leading to the exclusion of these votes in final election counting in the 2010 election. The incidents involved the premature opening of ballot-boxes by electoral officials at the Pre-poll Voting Office at Oaklands Park in South Australia (Division of Boothby) and at Blackwater and Emerald in Queensland (Division of Flynn), leading to the exclusion from the count of 2,977 votes from the Division of Boothby and 1,306 votes from the Division of Flynn. Senate votes were also excluded as result of these actions.

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