Queensland’s go-it-alone laws which require people to show ID at polling booths have not turned voters off.
New laws in Queensland which require voters to prove their identity are not putting people off.
The Stafford by-election, to be held this weekend, is the first time in Australia that IDs will be needed.
The opposition and civil libertarians have argued that the laws, introduced in May, would discriminate against the marginalised and disadvantaged.
So far, however, the new laws haven’t deterred voters.
Since pre-polling booths opened last Monday in the northern Brisbane seat of Stafford, 100 per cent have shown ID, acting Queensland Electoral Commissioner Yvette Zischke told a budget estimates hearing at parliament.
If voters can’t produce ID, they can fill out a declaration form which is assessed for eligibility after election day.
“The Electoral Commission will go through robust procedures to ensure that that vote is admitted to the count,” Ms Zischke.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie introduced the laws to reduce voter fraud, something rarely cited as a major problem at Australian elections.