Nearly 2000 Australians cast multiple votes

Nearly 2000 Australians cast multiple votes

The Australian Electoral Commission says nearly 2000 Australians have admitted to voting more than once, in the September Federal Election. 

A Senate Estimates hearing has gone well in to the night in Canberra, which has heard one Australia voted 15, times with another submitting 12 votes.

Acting Head of the AEC Tom Rogers has told the hearing they are taking the matter very seriously, and an investigation is underway

He says letters have been sent to all voters with more than one ballot vote next to their name.

He says in more than 80 per cent of cases, those who voted more than once either struggled with literacy or the voting process, or were elderly.

Mr Rogers has also told the Senate inquiry a new Senate election in Western Australia, called after a number of ballots went missing, will cost more than $20 million.

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