Why i feel this way - well when i turned 18 there was a big election right after and i was SOOOO excited andd pumped.
I stood in line literally for hrs! Voted. And found the disapointment in politics soon after. I suppose that made me resent being forced to vote.
And women being made to feel not worthy of voting - not even just women - anyone made to feel that way - is disgusting and the fact that that still happens just makes me lose faith in humans to think that they are better than some one based on sex or race!
..but - seriously!!???
Women are over 50% of the population
- The entire ADULT population has the right to vote - it is a freedom.
with Rights come responsibilities.
The most recent election was for local members - everybody should have received at least a flyer in their letter box with a brief run down on what the individual members are prioritising - you have the freedom to educate in the matter.
You also have the freedom to pop an informal vote in the ballot box if you don't feel you want to contribute.
Compulsory voting is fair.
I'll be honest, I'm not overly interested in politics (yes I know I should be, but I'm not) and I'm not going to go out of my way to look for info on them so with no advertising, no pamphlets in the mail (I did get pamphlets...but just 'vote for me' ones. Not one councillor had bothered with a brief summary of what they stood for on the pamphlets I got...just vote 1 Jo Blow) etc. I didn't know who anyone was and so I voted for no one.
Compulsory voting is not the govt's attempt to control you, it's not a conspiracy, there is no benefit to them in doing this, it's is a way to ensure that every single adult in this country is given a voice when it comes to choosing our leaders and representatives on all levels of government. We all have a say in who runs our country from the ground up. Previously, only men and white people had that right. How can you say that is not moving forward?
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While voting is a huge incovinence, especially as a single mother working all hours- standing in line for extremely long periods does make me resent it even more.
And im not gonna go through all that just to hand in a blank form!
But that is not my reason behind my opinion on voting.
Yes we have moved foward in that women and all colours can vote.
But, it went for the law being no its illegal for you to vote - to being no its illegal for you not to vote and if you dont you will cop a fine.
So to me that hasnt moved foward or backwards - its the same.
For me and some others i know its the not having a choice to vote - yes i know i know hand in a blank form , scribble over the page blah blah blah
But that still is not giving me the choice/option/freedom to decide wether i vote.
Its me going against the law.
And at the same time - its compulsory to vote yet you can hand in a blank form.... That seems like a bit of a contradiction or 'insert better word'.
Its just how i feel. Its something i cant help its just what it is.
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