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Generally I think there are a few problems with the voting system using sellotape cardboard boxes and non verifiable pencil on paper such as the current election ballot box postal system in use by the ECQ today

Copy of email to: Pat Vidgen Electoral Commissioner of Queensland

From: Mike Jessop

To: Pat.Vidgen@ecq.qld.gov.au

Friday June 19 2020, 10:52 AM Pat Vidgen PSM
Electoral Commissioner Queensland

Subject: Generally I think there are a few problems with the voting system using sellotape cardboard boxes and non verifiable pencil on paper such as the current election ballot box postal system in use by the ECQ today

Introduction

Generally I think there are a few problems with the voting system using sellotape cardboard boxes and non verifiable pencil on paper such as the current election ballot box postal system in use by the ECQ today

With 1/3 plus of the votes missing this time round and absolutely no scrutineering worth speaking of - in my Division 3 alone 6,970 votes were missing in other words we are asked to believe that one third of the votes were not cast in Division 3 multiplied across 11 SCRC Divisions ( $133.45 * 7000 per division * 11 SCRC Divisions) and upwards of $934,150 in fines not issued in the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area alone 77,000 went missing

Coronavirus COVID19 notwithstanding I seriously question the professionalism of the ECQ and its integrity and the officials working for it and based on gut feel intuition and logic and in conjunction with other variations errors and omissions I feel that the electoral process for the 2020 QLD Mayoral / Council elections has been abused as detailed in points 1 - 7 below

1.

The random selection of the order on the ballot paper on Wed 4 Mar 2020 in BIRTINYA can best be described as a joke magicians act using an Eski cool bag with concealed flaps inside that could have other concealed predetermined order of ballot

The ballot draw envelopes were shaken left to right to left inside the Eski rather than in three dimensions presumably so that the predetermined ballot could not jump out of the vertical pockets inside

For example the First Draw order of ballot for mayoral candidate Jamieson the Letter containing Jamieson's name was not even sealed before it was placed in the Eski

Councillor Cox was also drawn appearing first on the ballot paper in similar fashion

Jamieson and Cox both left early even before the result was announced

The random selection of the order on the ballot paper was at worst amateur and I now suspect corrupt with incumbents Jamieson and Cox both appearing first on the ballot paper thus:-

Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Mayor 1 JAMIESON, Mark
Mayor 2 INNES, Don
Mayor 3 THOMPSON, Chris
Mayor 4 BURGESS, Michael
Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Division 3

Councillor 1 COX, Peter
Councillor 2 JESSOP, Mike
Councillor 3 MCDONALD, Michael
Councillor 4 MARIKO, Pamela J ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY
Councillor 5 NAWROCKI, Stan

2.

Because I submitted my nomination at the ECQ premises and because the ECQ website had been down both weekends prior to nomination where I had tried to upload their details previously

I would have submitted my nomination and nominators on the ECQ website had it not been inoperable and unavailable both weekends prior to the nomination deadline and every other timeI had tried to upload nominator details previously prior to nomination - which I had to do manually

I eventually submitted them at the ECQ premises in person- puzzlingly after a call from Lani Mercer requesting me to make an appointment to do so - which is certainly not a requirement

When I requested to confirm the address to attend she replied

right near Anaconda Home Central after which I had to ascertain from her the precise physical address as being 556 Kawana Way BIRTINYA When I presented my nomination in person

The ECQ official Lani Mercer tried to tell me three of my 7 valid nominators weren't registered voters!? They happened to be close friends who I have known for a long time who miraculously became registered once I was about to call them and verify this - thus from the outset I did not feel that the electoral process was unbiased free or fair

3.

The current voting system is based entirely on paper like the old system of clearing cheques!? Why isn't Voting done electronically via mygov / QGOV / verifiable via your TFN and or bank account!?

I have been suggesting electronic voting for some time now at every state election since 2009 involving the ECQ ( And every other election I have taken part in since 2009)

If you can bank online you can vote online maybe having it linked to your bank account as well

The ECQ will need to work with the AEC and Federal Government and Banks to implement this via MYGOV and or QGOV ID for State and Local elections

Then you can have a more Corona COVID19 antivirus environment, less time consuming and labour intensive and you'll be able to vote more frequently and regularly on more issues more often and have a more democratic system into the bargain and the requirement for a scrutineering COVID19 antivirus environment would become a thing of the past!?

4.

Prior to the election day I received an Email dated 25 Mar 2020 4:42 pm from Electoral Commission of Queensland to I as the Registered Officer proposing that only one scrutineer (or the candidate) per candidate be allowed at the count Allowing only one scrutineer to observe from a specified distance of 1.5 metres and Restricting scrutineering to only the 'official count' which was on Sunday, 29 March 2020 it was only possible to scrutineer from 1.5 metres away with no valid means of examining proceedings

The email read

From: ECQ
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020, 4:42 pm
Subject: Feedback requested: LG2020 additional measures
To:

Being asked to reply to an email without specifying a return email to reply to from the noreply email - this is basic administration - How about a return email ID!?

By way of reply I forwarded the above email which I also replied to Lani Mercer (Sunshine Coast Regional Council) 0419 786 972 asking to PLEASE FORWARD MY RESPONSE

Because I was wearing a dust mask to limit exhalation and which was worn to prevent infection through cough or sneeze I as the candidate and scrutineer was nearly excluded from the proceedings by Lani who nearly didn't let me in to scrutineer from 1.5 metres away!?

5.

I have mentioned electronic voting at every election it seems to ECQ Contract staff since 2009 - No wonder previous suggestions to the ones I have made here had fallen on deaf ears!? Not in the contractors interest?

When I requested to raise these issues after the election to Lani Mercer and Robyn Boyd ( on the 15th April 2020) their reply was "I am no longer contracted by the ECQ how did you get my private and personal mobile number"

6.

I received emails from Robin Boyd ( reproduced at Appendices A and B attached below) regarding Placement of Signage at Polling Booths the first one sent on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 01:33:04 +0000

To the effect

Exclusion zone: No election signage of any type is to be erected until after 5:00 am tomorrow, 28 March 2020. At that time, an exclusion area of 100 metres replaces the old 6 metre rule. Please see the following advice from ECQ.

the second one sent on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:26:35 +0000 on the eve of the election ( after office hours and viewed 8:50PM) the first one having already been acted upon After an email 3.5 hours earlier completely to the contrary that involved round trips to all the polling booths so wasting 5 hours of volunteer candidates time

After an email 3.5 hours earlier I received another email completely to the contrary involving round trips to polling booths so wasting 5 hours of volunteer candidates time to correct the error to the effect that

The area around an ordinary polling booth is the area within 100 metres of the building in which the voting compartments for an ordinary polling booth are to be located. However, if the building is in the grounds, the prohibited area will include:

anywhere in the grounds; on a boundary fence or another structure or feature that marks the boundary of the grounds; and

anywhere within 100m of any entrance to the grounds.

Non-Compliance is punishable by up to 10 penalty units currently valued at $1,334.50

7.

As I said after these emails were received 3.5 hours apart and completely to the contrary involving round trips to polling booths so wasting 5 hours of volunteer candidates time At the Meridan School Polling Centre I and others witnessed that Councillor Cox had 20 signs placed WITHIN the 6 metres: identifiable witness fellow candidate Stan Nawrocki it seems without redress

CONCLUSION:

Coronavirus COVID19 notwithstanding and until these matters have been addressed I seriously question the professionalism of the ECQ at the aforementioned Sunshine Coast Regional Council elections and therefore of the ECQ and its integrity and the officials working for it namely elections.qld.gov.au ( one of whom has worked for ECQ for the last 11 years) in time for the upcoming State Elections

Nor has there been any mention of fines issued ( 6,970 for not voting in Division 3 Alone) I estimate that would total upwards of $1 million being issued for one third of the electorate failing to vote in SCRC - which I find incredible

The feeling that candidates were being given the run around by the ECQ at the recent Qld SCRC Council elections March 28th 2020 would be an understatement to the extent that I feel that the elections were both corruptly and incompetently administered

And based on gut feel intuition and logic especially in DIVISION 3 where I stood and in conjunction with other variations errors and omissions I feel that the electoral process for the 2020 QLD Mayoral / Council elections has been abused

I would like to know what your views are in point 3 above please And your response to items 1 - 7 above before the next State election and in detail specifically how 6,970 or 1/3rd of the votes went missing ikn Division 3 alone

Yours sincerely

Mike Jessop

INDEPENDENT

Appendix A

Email from Robin Boyd on the eve of the election sent after office hours and viewed 8:50PM

Subject:
Placement of Signage at Polling Booths
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:26:35 +0000
From: noreply@ecq.qld.gov.au
To: mikejessopmnj@gmail.com

Good afternoon Candidates

I have just been provided with the following clarification by the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) regarding the placement of signage at Polling Booths tomorrow:

No signs are to be erected or placed within 100 metres of a polling place until 5:00 am tomorrow.

After 5:00 am, the 'normal' rules apply and signs may be placed outside the usual 6 metre arc from the entrance to a polling day booth.

As at early voting, no canvassing may take place 'in or near 'or 'in the vicinity of' a polling day booth.

Election material is to be displayed inside polling day booths (maximum A4 size up to 2 sides) in ballot paper order or otherwise for 3rd parties as appropriate.

I apologise for the inconvenience the advice in my earlier email may have caused.

Regards

Robin Boyd

Returning Officer

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

After an email 3.5 hours earlier completely to the contrary involving round trips to polling booths to wasting 5 hours of volunteer candidates time to correct the error

Appendix B

Subject:
Clarifications for Polling Day
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 01:33:04 +0000
From: noreply@ecq.qld.gov.au
To: mikejessopmnj@gmail.com
Good morning Candidates

I am writing to advise you of some clarifications for polling tomorrow.

How-to-Vote (HTV) cards: There has been some confusion about what the arrangements are. Please deliver, or have one of your supporters deliver, your approved HTV card or election flyer to our booth supervisors before 8:00 am tomorrow morning. They will be there from approximately 6:45 am.

Please remember these must be the approved ones and the ones you were handing out to voters before the arrangements for party workers changed. For example, if it was a DL size, that is the size of the HTV that you can deliver. It can be no larger than A4 and there is to be NO upsizing.

Exclusion zone: No election signage of any type is to be erected until after 5:00 am tomorrow, 28 March 2020. At that time, an exclusion area of 100 metres replaces the old 6 metre rule. Please see the following advice from ECQ.

An election sign includes

a continuous sign (that is, a sign comprised of a length of continuous flexible material); or pieces of flexible material joined together; or streamers; or bunting, that contain anything that could influence an elector in relation to voting at the election; or

a sign that could otherwise affect the result of the election; or

a sign that is the colours that are ordinarily associated with a registered political party.

The area around an ordinary polling booth is the area within 100 metres of the building in which the voting compartments for an ordinary polling booth are to be located. However, if the building is in the grounds, the prohibited area will include:

anywhere in the grounds;

on a boundary fence or another structure or feature that marks the boundary of the grounds; and

anywhere within 100m of any entrance to the grounds.

Non-Compliance is punishable by up to 10 penalty units currently valued at $1334.50

Scrutineers: There is NO provision for scrutineers to be in attendance at counting in Polling Booths or at the counting of pre-poll votes tomorrow night or Sunday. Scrutineers can witness the sealing and unsealing of the ballot boxes tomorrow in Polling Booths and the unsealing of ballot boxes in the Counting Centres for pre-poll votes.

I will advise you on Sunday of arrangements for Monday onwards.

Regards

Robin Boyd

Returning Officer

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Response to Correspondence of 19 June 2020 from ECQ

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