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    I didnt vote in local council elections once because I didnt realise it was compulsory (dumb I know, but I was very young at the time). I wrote a letter trying to get out of it. Then, as I had moved house I didnt get the letter saying that I still had to pay the fine. Because I didnt pay the fine by the due date, interest got applied and when they eventually found my new address the fine was double the original amount. Expensive lesson that one, but I always find time to vote now.

    So be aware if you dont pay it, you may well get penalised for not paying it and the fine will be even more.

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    They send you a letter before the fine. You get the fine if you haven't sent the explanation letter back to them.

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    I would write a letter explaining the truth.

    Life happens and hopefully they will understand.

    Personally, I fell of the voting list YEARS ago and just never joined a new one... I don't really care for voting and for the moment am happy with what the vast majority want.. I used to donkey vote anyhow (by drawing a donkey on the card LOL).

    I hope they let you off. It's such a stupid rule. I hope they have a vote to ask if everyone wants to keep being made to vote... I would vote for that!!

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    It is not compulsory to VOTE actually. It is compulsory to turn up & get your name marked off. You can then walk out. That's a donkey vote.

    It is your responsibility to keep your details updated on the electoral roll. You don't "fall off" - you fail to update the authorities that your address has changed. That is also an offence.

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    We don't vote for religious reasons, so I get this every time. Before they send you the fine they send you a letter asking if you had a legitimate reason for not voting - did you send that back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peoniesarepretty View Post
    It is not compulsory to VOTE actually. It is compulsory to turn up & get your name marked off. You can then walk out. That's a donkey vote.

    It is your responsibility to keep your details updated on the electoral roll. You don't "fall off" - you fail to update the authorities that your address has changed. That is also an offence.
    Well, I never changed my address from my parents place. So I just kept 'away' voting for a few years for that area. However one year I got a letter stating that I was not allowed to vote there, as I was not on the list.

    So yeah. I kinda did 'fall off'. They had no reason to remove me from the list. For all they knew, my home base was still that address.

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    I think I also got a fin for this vote lol. I didn't realise I had to vote, and to be honest I didn't know about it till the day before, I was told by fil that I didn't need to vote then I coped te letter telling me I needed to and fined me and they gave me a chance to respond which I said I was sick, which I was. I don't watch much news or adult tv so yea. I think a lot of these replies from people are extremely rude. I think we should have a choice which to go and vote or not. I personally think its a waste f time.

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    When my dad was at uni (so a long time ago) he got caught up studying one election day and got a please explain letter. He wrote back saying he'd had every intention of voting but had been studying and never heard anything back. Even without watching TV or reading the news I can't go anywhere at the moment without seeing election posters around Canberra so it's hard to imagine how you could miss it, but anyway

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    TBH even if you don't watch the news or read a newspaper there was still plenty of publicity with billboards everywhere, posters at the local shops, advertising around the street, pamphlet drops in the mailbox and it was the water cooler topic for a few months leading up to it. Can understand not realising the local election was one, but the state election - especially this last one with how big it was with Newman vs Bligh was big talk. Everywhere.

    If you don't want to go and actually vote on the day just apply for a postal vote so you can do it whenever you feel like it.

    My uni had a massive ball the night before the Federal election, followed by a hangover-recovery party that lasted the whole day of the actual election. We all still managed to get down and vote. They even had polling booths set up in the hospital and election staff going around the wards so hospital staff, patients and visitors could all vote.
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    Default Re: Didn't vote and got a fine

    People b*tch and moan about when centrlink/ato stuffs things up, or when middle class benefits/rebates get cut. We just love getting stuff for not a lot in return in this country. Your ONLY obligation as a citizen is to go and line up, get your name ticked off, maybe tick a few boxes (you don't have to if you don't want to) and put it in a ballot box. If you forget, don't know or don't go, that's on you. It is your responsibility to go and do it. Suck it up and pay the fine.

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