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)
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
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 )
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I've been fined twice so far for not voting and both fines have been withdrawn as i was not living at the address i was listed as being on the electrol roll.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.
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.
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.
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
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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