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Voting Enrolments... 
21st-Sep-2007 01:32 pm
There might be an election any time now, so I strongly recommend that people check that their voting enrolment is up to date. If you're a young'un, check you're on it. If you've moved, check its up to date.

Due to changes in the law in the last year or so, you have 3 business days after the election is called to make sure its all up to date.

Random had some interesting things to say about the whys and wherefores of the electoral process, I recommend having a quick look.

REMEMBER: There Is Always Someone To Vote Against. Find the people you hate most, start from the bottom and do the best you can to make sure that they have the least chance of getting in.

Anyone who says "I can't be bothered" in my presence may find themselves with a brand new smack in the ear. :)
21st-Sep-2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Having tried 5 times to enrol to vote between the last two elections and still not managing to get back on the electrol roll (I have been trying since 2000) I am disinclined to bother trying again!

Where as I can not seem to convince the Canadians I have moved back to Australia and they still want to know why I did not vote in their last election :)
21st-Sep-2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Granted, special cases exist :) Try again tho, its worth it.
21st-Sep-2007 06:23 am (UTC)
I'm just so thankful that we have compulsory voting in this country.
I think it's terrible that apathy stops so many people from voting in other countries, and of course it's always going to be the most disadvantaged people who are the least inclined to vote when it's voluntary - it's hard to make the time to vote when you're holding down two jobs that you could be fired from at a whim, and yet these are the people who need to be heard.

And despite what some would say about compulsory voting violating your rights - you still have the right to refuse to partake in the vote, you just have to put in an informal vote.
23rd-Sep-2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Poor people also don't vote because they don't have as much in the way of investment interests etc as richer people to protect, hence conservative parties tending to do better in countries with non-compulsory voting, hence Howard always being a supporter of non-compulsory voting.
24th-Sep-2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Weirdly, NZ doesn't have compulsory voting, but has a really high turnout. Not that I'm not in favour of keeping it.
26th-Sep-2007 03:39 am (UTC)
You're not in favour of keeping New Zealand?
23rd-Sep-2007 07:04 am (UTC)
One of my priorities when getting ready to head OS was organising my postal vote thingo - noone's going to deny me my right to play a part in shafting Howard.

I once remember a lecturer talking about being delayed on a flight back to Australia from NZ on election day and this cutting into the time that she had in which to vote. She found it so distressing that she just sat a bar getting drunk as the hours passed by hoping that the flight would be called soon. I couldn't imagine how horrible it would be for an election to go by without having had the opportunity to have your input.
24th-Sep-2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Gak, think i would have gone the postal vote option anyway, just to avoid having to think about it. But yeah, stressness.
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