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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    Ok so there was voting up in qld a couple of months ago. My husband and I were packing up our house and we had no idea voting was on.
    I have never got a fine before because I have never missed voting. I like to vote.
    So now we both got $110 each.
    It's a lot of money for something we didn't realise.
    Is there any way of getting out of it?
    Should I ring and lie to say I was there?
    $220 is a lot of money just for not voting.

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    Were you living under a rock? lol.

    I really doubt there's any way you'd get out of it because you were moving house. There was a lot of publicity about the election in the weeks leading up to it. I'm not in QLD and I knew all about it.

    Think you'll have to cough up... and tbh I think you should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onelasttime View Post
    Should I ring and lie to say I was there?
    Do you mean lie to say you weren't in Qld on the day? But if you are on the electoral roll in qld then I think you would have been expected to still vote even if you weren't in Qld on fhe day - via postal vote/absentee vote etc

    I wouldn't but up to you.

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    Should you ring and say you were there? No, why should you lie? You weren't there. At the very most you could ring and say it was an honest mistake that you forgot. Much like any fine, they may have some kind of dispute process.

    However I agree with the first post. Chalk it up to a lesson learned, you didn't vote so pay the fine.

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    Yeah its really sucky getting a fine for not voting OP. I personally hate being forced to vote and tbh I have never voted. I did get a fine once. It ended up getting put on sper because I didn't know about it. I don't really know of anyway to get out of it.

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    Coming from the UK originally I find being fined for not voting ridiculous. However that's how it is over here and you didn't vote so I think you have to cop it.

    If you said you were there you are implying that they lost your vote somehow which is a pretty big issue!

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    They aren't going to believe you we're there. Voting is very regulated. You may get in to even more strife for lying. I'm in NSW and I knew about the QLD election, I don't think you'll get out of it. You should just pay it and move on, lesson learned IMO.

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    I think they would see straight thru it if you say you were both there.. they can't ''miss'' the both of you.. what would be the chances of that.?

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    I missed voting once due to my aunt dying and having to rush to another town on the day. They fined me, I wrote a letter explaining what happened and they let me off. I have heard people get off for a lot less. You could try writing and say you were moving (quite stressful) and didn't mean to not vote and
    point out that you have always voted before.

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    How could you not know it was on? Its in the news constantly for months beforehand.
    Anyway, i think you just need to cop it. Im sure no way is going to believe that somehow the 2 of you werent marked off.


 

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