A CASE in which two women charged with falsely enrolling to vote in Indi in the 2013 federal election when they lived elsewhere will return to Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on April 5.
Maggie McGowan, the 27-year-old niece of Independent parliamentarian Cathy McGowan – who won the seat from Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella in that election – and 24-year-old Sophie Fuchsen appeared in the court on Friday.
The Australian Federal Police examined the enrolments of 28 Indi-registered voters after allegations about voting irregularities surfaced a year after the 2013 ballot.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in May this year believed there was sufficient evidence to proceed with prosecutions against Ms McGowan and Ms Fuchsen.
They were charged in court under the Commonwealth Criminal Code with giving false or misleading information to the Australian Electoral Commission when enrolling to vote.
But Ms McGowan’s solicitor, Robert Stary, told the court on Friday that Australian Electoral Commission rules allowed a student at university to remain enrolled at their permanent home address.