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    Quote Originally Posted by peoniesarepretty View Post
    I don't think any of the responses have been rude at all. It's just an open and frank conversation.
    Agreed. And a lot of people have come in saying they don't value their vote and think it is a waste of time. My response was more directed to them.

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    Some people would give anything to live in a country where their right to vote is so important. It's an honour and a privilege IMO. (ETA: with the exception of local councils - they're a waste of space)

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    There were two qld votes quite close together. At the first one we filled out the forms with our new address. At the second vote due to being so close the change of address hadn't gone through and they couldn't find our name on the list so the people at booth said that's fine you don't have to vote. Lo and behold we got a fine posted out. I rang up and explained. He said to put that in writing and we will get out of the fine which we did and have not heard anything since. Would of been bummed if still fined after doing what we thought was right

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    i think voting is incredibly important, even donkey votes.
    a rise in donkey votes is a clear sign to all major parties that they are all out of touch with what a large portion of the population expect from their government.

    we vote, we are in charge.
    we are the ones that pay their wages, lobby for laws and funding, etc.

    my family is from america and hardly anyone votes - pathetic since whoever wins the us elections has soooo much power over the entire world.

    so register, vote and have your say (even if it is a donkey )

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    Because you were moving you may be able to get out of it. Say you were living but not yet enrolled at the new address at the time of the election.
    I've been fined twice so far for not voting and both fines have been withdrawn as i was not living at the address i was listed as being on the electrol roll.
    I just had to fill out a stat dec saying so and that was it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonkers View Post
    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.
    Rude how? It's compulsory to vote - or ok, more specifically, to show up and get your name marked off, if you REALLY don't want to vote. Forgetting or being too busy is not a valid excuse, this isn't high school where you're turning in your homework late.

    You might consider it a waste of time... what a shame considering women had to fight for the right to vote several decades ago. And really, how much time does it take out of your day to have a say in the future of your country?

    You're a citizen over the age of 18, you are required to vote. End of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by onelasttime View Post
    Should I ring and lie to say I was there?
    $220 is a lot of money just for not voting.
    It's a bit scary that you're willing to lie to the government over $220.

    If you want to try and get out of it, I would write to them and explain it was a genuine mistake or try and invoke hardship. I don't know if they have the discretion to waive the fines, but it's worth a try.

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    OP, your IP address is now currently being tracked, your location crossed referenced with names of those fined for not voting, your name red flagged and the government is awaiting your excuse

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    I'd just cope the fine.

    I'm in Tas and got fined twice!!!

    Once because I was at work and was going to vote on my way home and they asked me to stay back. The fine was only like $27 or something.

    Second time DD was sick and there was no way I was going to take her down to vote with me, I wrote and told them and got let off.


 

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