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Enforcement and Penalties

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It is an offence to do, or attempt to do, any of the following:
  • vote if you are not an eligible elector
  • vote more times than the Act allows
  • vote in a voting place where you are not entitled to vote
  • induce or procure a person who is not an eligible elector to vote
  • cast a vote yourself after you have appointed a proxy
  • vote as a proxy if the person who appointed you has cancelled the appointment, become ineligible to vote, or died
  • give a ballot to someone if you are not authorized to do so
  • switch the ballot you were given with a different piece of paper to be placed in the ballot box
  • take a ballot away from the voting place
  • handle a ballot box or ballots if you are not authorized to do so
  • bribe a person (using money, valuables, or offers of office or employment) to vote a certain way or to not vote at all, or give a third party money so that they can bribe the person
  • accept a bribe to vote a certain way or to not vote at all
  • bribe a person to become a candidate, refrain from becoming a candidate, or withdraw from being a candidate
It is also an offence to contravene the campaign finance provisions – for example, to make a contribution without being eligible to do so, to contribute more than the limit, or to contribute money that is not yours.

General penalties

If a person is convicted of committing an offence, they may be subject to the following penalties:
  • a fine of up to $25,000
  • ineligibility to vote or run in the next general election
  • up to six months in prison
If a corporation or trade union is convicted of committing an offence, they may be subject to a fine of up to $50,000.