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Jacqui Lambie will vote against the government’s controversial voter ID bill

The proposal has been labelled “racist” and “a solution looking for a problem” amid fears it would disenfranchise voters from and multicultural backgrounds, as well as others who may have trouble providing acceptable ID.

Senator Lambie held a poll online to understand public sentiment on the bill ahead of making her decision, which she announced on Wednesday afternoon.

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She did not agree the proposal was racist, but thought it was a bad bill that risks making things worse by discouraging voters.

“Do the benefits outweigh the risks? No, no way, not even close,” she told the Senate.

Senator Lambie said two-thirds of respondents to her survey were opposed to the bill, as were the majority of respondents across all states or territories.

“One of the things I value is politicians that care what (the public) thinks,” she said.

“When I do a survey, I am not asking people to decide for me, I am asking if you’re in my shoes how would you vote and why?

“On balance, I do not think the do the job.”

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Senator Lambie’s decision essentially ensures the bill is on its last legs, with Labor, the and independent not supporting it.

With One Nation in favour, it could pass if Centre Alliance senator sides with the government.

Senator Griff wants amendments forcing political messages to include an unsubscribe option to avoid spam from politicians.

The coalition’s own and are withholding their Senate votes on all government legislation until it changes its stance on .

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The government has said the legislation is designed to prevent voter fraud, and more safeguards are needed to protect against people multiple times.

“It’s not an Earth-shattering proposal, that when you go to vote that you should be able to say you are who you are and provide some form of identification to support that. That’s an important protection for our ,” Prime Minister said in October.

Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers told the Senate last month voter fraud is a “vanishingly small” issue in the country.

There were just 2,102 cases of multiple marks against votes at the last from around 15 million voters, according to data from the . Of those, 24 were investigated by police and there were no prosecutions.

With additional reporting by AAP.