Electoral watchdog to investigate Andrew Laming’s Facebook pages

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Electoral watchdog to investigate Andrew Laming’s Facebook pages

Australia’s election watchdog is investigating whether Facebook pages allegedly run by besieged Queensland MP Andrew Laming breached the Electoral Act, as they did not include political authorisation disclosures.

Mr Laming is on leave while he undertakes counselling and empathy training after being accused of harassing two women online and taking a photo of a woman with her underwear visible while she bent over.

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WA election puts pressure on Victoria to overhaul voting system

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WA election puts pressure on Victoria to overhaul voting system

The Victorian Greens have said the Western Australian state election results have increased the urgency for upper housing voting reform in Victoria.

Over the past week both the Legalise Cannabis WA and Daylight Saving parties were elected to Western Australia’s parliament, despite only receiving a fraction of the vote.

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Article: Beware the Coalition’s ‘boom’ in pre-election deceptions

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Beware the Coalition’s ‘boom’ in pre-election deceptions

Australia’s mainstream media are ramping up their distortions of the state of the economy. Alan Austin reports.

THE FIX is in with the mainstream media already blatantly deceiving voters about Australia’s economy. They know perceptions of the economy are critical in federal election outcomes. They know the current mismanagement has been the worst in Australia’s history and close to the worst in the developed world today. So they must convince us that the opposite is true.

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Article: Facebook says it’s preparing again to fend off disinformation during a federal election

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Facebook says it’s preparing again to fend off disinformation during a federal election

Tech giant Facebook is beginning to ramp up for the next federal election with plans to prevent its platform from being used to spread misinformation that could disrupt the election campaign.

Kevin Chan, global director and head of public policy for Facebook Canada, said he doesn’t know when the next federal election will take place, but his company is getting ready.

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Article: Andrew Laming investigation: electoral commission wants information from Facebook

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Andrew Laming investigation: electoral commission wants information from Facebook

The Australian Electoral Commission has asked Facebook to provide information about dozens of pages operated by Andrew Laming, as Labor calls for the government to cut ties with the besieged MP.

Guardian Australia understands the AEC’s legal services team made contact with Facebook on Thursday morning as it began its investigation into a slew of pages operated by Laming under the guise of community and news groups without political disclosures.

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Reform Initiative: Fair Vote- Ranked Choice Voting

Election Reform, Initiative, Ranked Choice

Fair Vote- Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked choice voting (RCV) makes democracy more fair and functional. It works in a variety of contexts. It is a simple change that can have a big impact.

RCV is a way to ensure elections are fair for all voters. It allows voters the option to rank candidates in order of preference: one, two, three, and so forth. If your vote cannot help your top choice win, your vote counts for your next choice.

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Article: Chinese hackers attacked Western Australia’s Parliament during state election: Report

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Chinese hackers attacked Western Australia’s Parliament during state election: Report

Western Australia’s parliamentary email network was hit by suspected Chinese hackers earlier this month as part of a massive global cyber-attack involving Microsoft software.

The ABC has confirmed the online strike, which was detected on March 4 in the middle of the state election campaign, prompted intervention from Australia’s cyber security watchdog in Canberra

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Article: Labor and Liberal parties criticised for running WA election online ads without disclosing links

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Labor and Liberal parties criticised for running WA election online ads without disclosing links

Both major political parties have been criticised for running online advertisements which direct users to websites to find out where they can vote early in the WA election, without disclosing their links to either site.

An ad for the website VoteWA.com.au appears as the first or second result under a number of Google searches, including “vote early Perth”.

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Article: Universal Voting: Your questions, our answers

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Universal Voting: Your questions, our answers

We hosted a virtual event this month about a new report which calls for universal voting in the United States. You can watch the hour-long video here and read the report here. We had so many excellent questions, some of which we were able to answer during the event, but we didn’t have time to get to every single question. So here are responses to some of the questions we didn’t have a chance to answer:

Roughly 100,000,000 Americans did not vote in 2016 because they did not want to. These are the people who concern me. I don’t see anyone doing anything about it and it’s been 100,000,000 forever. 

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Article: Study supports Trump: 5.7 million noncitizens may have cast illegal votes

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Study supports Trump: 5.7 million noncitizens may have cast illegal votes

A research group in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at postelection polling data and concluded that the number of noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates.

As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House. The research organization Just Facts, a widely cited, independent think tank led by self-described conservatives and libertarians, revealed its number-crunching in a report on national immigration.

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