Voter ID laws: inspiration, execution, and consequences

Electoral Regulation Research Network SA seminar

Thursday, 25th November 2021


  • Dr Peter Brent, ERRN (ACT) convenor
  • Professor Zoë Robinson, Professor of political science, ANU
  • Mark Fletcher, PhD student, ANU
  • Jill Sheppard, ANU and ERRN (ACT) convenor

About the Talk:

With electoral reform bills - including voter ID requirements - currently before the parliament, this seminar examined the American roots of our ideas about electoral administration and integrity, the Australian case for reform, the public debate, and possible effects on citizens and voters. The speakers brought their political and legal expertise to discuss electoral reforms that are easily misunderstood and mischaracterised by both sides of the debate.

About the Presenters:

Dr Peter Brent is an ACT Convenor of the Electoral Regulation Research Network and writer for Inside Story. He is a former member of the Australian Electoral Commissioner’s Advisory Board for Electoral Research (CABER).

Professor Zoë Robinson is a professor of political science at the Australian National University. She is a US constitutional lawyer and formerly a professor of law in Chicago.

Mark Fletcher is a PhD student at the Australian National University, researching the public understanding of law. He was previously a legal officer with the ACT Government, working in civil law.