‘Outrageous’: Dutton Slams Tick and Cross Voting on Voice Ballot Paper
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton criticizes the ballot paper rules for the Voice to Parliament referendum, calling them “outrageous.” There has been controversy surrounding the validity of ticks and crosses on the ballot.
In a statement made to Sky News, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) disclosed that ticking the ballot box instead of writing ‘Yes’ would still be counted as a ‘Yes’ vote. However, crosses will not be considered as ‘No’ votes.
Mr. Dutton expressed his concerns regarding this rule during a 2GB radio interview on Thursday, stating, “It gives a very, very strong advantage to the ‘Yes’ case.”
The Electoral Commission confirmed that while not all ticks would be accepted, all crosses would be deemed informal, thereby denying them recognition as valid votes.
The disparity between the treatment of ticks and crosses on the ballot has sparked controversy and raised questions about the impartiality and fairness of the voting process. Critics argue that this system provides an undue advantage to the ‘Yes’ campaign, potentially skewing the overall results of the referendum.
As the debate continues, stakeholders are urging for transparency and a review of the ballot paper rules to ensure a fair and balanced voting process. This case highlights the importance of maintaining the integrity of the electoral system and addressing any concerns that may arise during significant public decisions such as the Voice to Parliament referendum.