Flawed and failed elections: what are the risks?

Flawed and failed elections: what are the risks?

How does Australia's electoral system stack up against other countries?

(Transcript from World News Radio)

 

Revelations this week that thousands of voters were ticked off the electoral role more than once during the last federal election have led to calls for electoral reform.

 

The Australian Electoral Commission says more than 8,000 discrepancies have been ruled out as official errors.

 

But it says 2,000 people have admitted to voting more than once, with 80 per cent of those being elderly, having poor literacy or limited understanding of the electoral process.

 

Police are investigating 128 cases of multiple voting, with one person suspected of voting 15 times.

 

But how does Australia's electoral system stack up against other countries?

 

The Electoral Integrity Project has published a report comparing systems around the world.

 

Romi Levine has spoken to the project's director, Pippa Norris.

 

(Click on audio tab to listen to this item)

Stay up to date with SBS NEWS

  • App
  • Subscribe
  • Follow
  • Listen
  • Watch