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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Well there's more than two parties.
    Quite right, and don't forget that in the last election, 2 independents and a green were used to form the minority government we have today, so anyone who thinks that there is no point in voting for anyone but the two main parties are dead wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmedragon22 View Post
    It should definitely be compulsory. We are lucky enough to live in a country where we have the right to vote for whomever we choose, and not exercising that democratic right is such a shame. I'm pretty sure something like just over 50% of Americans partake in voting... Which means half of America hasn't had a say in who they want to lead their country. Politics is something that affects everyone, I don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to be involved in such an important decision.

    I do think there needs to be more education on how our government works, the different parties, etc so people are making more informed decisions when they vote.
    Being American, I disagree with compulsory voting. Yes we are so lucky to live in countries where we have a say but I disagree in making people do it. I'm not sure if your percentage of Americans that vote is right but it doesn't bother me if it is. Those people who don't vote CHOSE not to vote. So therefore CHOSE not to have their voices heard. That's their decision. My CHOICE is to vote and be heard. I vote from Australia, America makes it very easy for me to vote from here. We also vote for EVERYTHING not just the politician. So I get a ballot and I choose federal people of office, then the next section is state officials and county officials and then the next section is policies/laws. So even if I'm a Democrat I can vote for a republican state senator and a democrat president, and vote for policies individually whether they are affiliated with my party or not. My voice is heard on every aspect. If an American chooses not to vote that is their decision that they are choosing not to be heard.

    I find because of compulsory voting many Australians vote just to avoid the fine, not because they are actually paying attention to the issues at hand. I'd much rather the voters deciding the fate of my country want to vote and be passionate about it/paying attention rather than just going to tick a box.

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    I'll be straight up honest I'm 21 and haven't voted ever local or otherwise :/ DH is enrolled to vote and loves being able to vote. Though he missed one awhile back and has a $110 fine to show for not voting. I've contemplated enrolling to vote but feel I need to be more educated on everything more before even doing it. I'd rather make an informed well thought out vote then just go in all willy nilly. I think the systems fine the way it presently is though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMoosMum View Post
    I'll be straight up honest I'm 21 and haven't voted ever local or otherwise :/ DH is enrolled to vote and loves being able to vote. Though he missed one awhile back and has a $110 fine to show for not voting. I've contemplated enrolling to vote but feel I need to be more educated on everything more before even doing it. I'd rather make an informed well thought out vote then just go in all willy nilly. I think the systems fine the way it presently is though.
    I'm confused, if voting is mandatory than why haven't you had to vote (or at least show up)?

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    I think it shouldn't be compulsory.
    I'm 30 and have never voted. I never registered. I'm not interested in politics or who runs our country.

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    It shouldn't be compulsory, voting should be for people who actually care about politics.

    I hate voting, I don't follow politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly8329 View Post
    I think it shouldn't be compulsory.
    I'm 30 and have never voted. I never registered. I'm not interested in politics or who runs our country.
    So do you only get fined if you register?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirst33 View Post
    I'm confused, if voting is mandatory than why haven't you had to vote (or at least show up)?
    I was under the impression and could be wrong that you have to enrol to then vote but once you have enrolled its mandatory to vote or you are fined. I have never enrolled therefore have never voted therefore have never been fined. Hubby has enrolled and therefore has to vote and if he doesn't he gets fined.

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    Enrolling to vote is compulsory if you are an Aust. citizen


 

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