Distress over electoral roll mix-up

A BUNGLE by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission has seen a West Launceston man's name struck off the electoral roll while his deceased wife remained eligible to vote.

Roderick Crampsie, who has been living and enrolled at the same address for 20 years, said he was at a loss to explain how his former wife's name was still on the roll after he twice had requested its removal.

Mr Crampsie said he contacted the commission after his wife died in August.

After the September federal election, the commission sent mail addressed to her that questioned why she had not voted.

Mr Crampsie said he then sent the commission a copy of her death certificate so she could be removed from the register.

But when he arrived at a polling booth to vote in the state election last Saturday, he found her name was still on the roll but his name was not.

``I'm upset, frustrated and angry about this,'' Mr Crampsie said.

``And I'm dreading a letter arriving in the mail asking why (Mary) didn't vote.''

A Tasmanian Electoral Commission spokesman said the commission could not discuss individual cases.

He said if an elector's name was not on the electoral roll on polling day, they could make a provisional vote, which would be counted like any other vote.

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