The Australian Electoral Commissioner’s bizarre claims about the validity of ticks and not crosses on a referendum ballot paper have thrown fresh doubt on the government’s ability to hold a free and fair vote.
During a Sky News Australia broadcast on 23 August, AEC Commissioner Tom Rogers made the extraordinary claims that when looking at a filled referendum ballot, ‘it is likely that a tick will be accepted as a formal vote for Yes, but a cross will not be accepted as a formal vote’.
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Morgan Begg is the Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs
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