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Australian Electoral Commission sets voter straight on why signing his ballot ruins his vote

Brutal moment: Electoral officials tweeted an Australian voter to say his vote will go to the BIN due to a simple act that invalidated it

  • Australian voter claimed he signed his ballot in case it was later photocopied
  • The Electoral Commission warns that the voter signs his name ‘makes the vote informal’
  • A ballot is considered informal ‘if it has something written on it that identifies the voter’

The Australian Electoral Commission has brought a person back to reality after bragging about signing his name on a ballot paper.

The Australian voter claimed on Twitter that he signed his name in pen on the ballot paper so the vote would be marked if it was ever photocopied.

He explained that he did this after claiming that he had seen images of people around the world storing votes in boxes under the table and then photocopying the ones they preferred.

But the man’s boast was quickly corrected by teenage journalist Leo Puglisi, who tweeted: “Signing your name makes your vote informal.”

A voter has had it clear why his vote is informal after he presumed to sign his name when he voted for fear the ballot would later be photocopied (stock image)

A voter has had it clear why his vote is informal after he presumed to sign his name when he voted for fear the ballot would later be photocopied (stock image)

The Australian voter claimed he used a pen and signed his name on the ballot paper after seeing international examples of voter fraud.

The Australian voter claimed he used a pen and signed his name on the ballot paper after seeing international examples of voter fraud.

Another person tagged in the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for a definitive answer.

The electoral authority responded with ‘My God. By signing his name, he has made his vote informal, which means that it cannot legally be counted.’

The election official also stated that it was “not a good idea to take theories from other jurisdictions and apply them to Australia”.

The invalidity of the man's vote was confirmed in a tweet from the Australian Electoral Commission, which highlighted the fact that

The invalidity of the man’s vote was confirmed in a tweet from the Australian Electoral Commission, which highlighted the fact that “by signing your name, you have made your vote informal, meaning it cannot legally be counted.”

“We are considered a world leader in election security for good reason.”

According to the AEC website, an informal ballot is one that has been filled out incorrectly or not at all.

Informal votes are not counted for any candidate, they are annulled.

According to the Australian Electoral Commission website, an informal ballot paper is one that has been filled out incorrectly or not at all (stock image)

According to the Australian Electoral Commission website, an informal ballot paper is one that has been filled out incorrectly or not at all (stock image)

A ballot can be considered informal if it is blank or unmarked, has marks or crosses used, or has writing on it that identifies the voter (stock image)

A ballot can be considered informal if it is blank or unmarked, has marks or crosses used, or has writing on it that identifies the voter (stock image)

A ballot paper can be considered informal if it is blank or unmarked, if checks or crosses have been used, or if there is something written on it that identifies the voter.

Other reasons may include if a number is repeated, the voter’s intent is unclear, and the voter has not been properly authenticated.

The rules also state that ‘if a House ballot has all but one of the consecutively numbered squares, then the unmarked square is deemed to be the last preference and the ballot shall be formal.’

The ACS also warns that

The AEC also advises that “if a House ballot has all but one numbered square consecutively, then the unmarked square is considered to be the last preference and the ballot will be formal” (stock image)

A House of Representatives ballot is informal if:

  • It is blank or unmarked.
  • Does not indicate the voter’s first preference for one candidate and an order of preference for all remaining candidates
  • Ticks or crosses have been used
  • It has writing that identifies the voter.
  • a number is repeated
  • Voter intent is unclear
  • It has not been properly authenticated.

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