Why voter ID requirements could exclude the most vulnerable citizens, especially First Nations people

Mon, 15 Nov 2021 05:23:24 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"On Tuesday October 26, the Guardian Australia revealed the Morrison government
intends to make further changes to Australian federal electoral legislation.

These proposed changes include the requirement for registered voters to show ID
prior to casting their vote at the polling booth on election day.

The proposed changes state the appropriate forms of ID would include:

* drivers licence
* passport
* medicare card
* power bill
* debit or credit card
* an enrolment letter from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
* a document from a Land Council or similar agency.

If a voter is unable to produce ID on election day, there is an option for a
fellow voter (who has their own ID) to vouch for them. Potential voters could
also sign a declaration for their ID, which is then attached to their ballot.

If this bill becomes law, it would potentially further disenfranchise
vulnerable people of society who don’t have access to the ID documents
required, particularly First Nations people."

The Morrison government is copying an anti-democratic tactic from the US
Republican playbook.

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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