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    I would Honestly just write them a letter saying why you didn't vote (busy/weren't aware/Don't watch anything but ABC2) and if there was a please explain letter you didn't get it and would assume it was due to a mess up with mail & moving.

    For those saying how could she not Know... I was in Adelaide on holidays when I found out I wouldn't be in Sydney to vote on Sept 8th. I actually called the AEC and Mentioned that I don't watch anything but not news cable, I don't read newspapers and I don't socialise as I care for my husband and mother.. I got them & myself marked as unable to vote due to travelling.

    They are pretty lenient on it really.

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashee View Post
    I don't agree with compulsory voting, I think choosing not to vote should be one of the choices in a democracy. I know you can put a blank slip in but why should people go out of their way to not vote?
    It is the choice. Blank form= not voting. Why should people go out of their way? To show they are making a conscious decision not to vote, to show they had the opportunity to exercise their right to have their say, to show no one prevented them from voting. A democracy means everyone has the right to vote. And with that right comes an obligation- show up. A democracy also means a govt elected by a majority. You can't have that without being able to show that the majority attended a polling booth.

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    I'm surprised when people say they didn't know that an election was coming up, my letter box was constantly being filled with promotional material, it was almost on a daily basis where I live, unless they printed too many and just wanted to get rid of them

    I think just try and be honest and write a letter explaining the situation, if it's not accepted, just pay up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    It is the choice. Blank form= not voting. Why should people go out of their way? To show they are making a conscious decision not to vote, to show they had the opportunity to exercise their right to have their say, to show no one prevented them from voting. A democracy means everyone has the right to vote. And with that right comes an obligation- show up. A democracy also means a govt elected by a majority. You can't have that without being able to show that the majority attended a polling booth.
    So we have an obligation to vote, to me that makes it a duty rather than a right. I just do and always will find compulsory voting a bizarre concept.

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    It's easy for me to not know about any elections.
    We don't have channels on our tv, just a DVD player. I don't ever read newspapers or listen to the news on the radio or read it online, it's far too depressing. I didn't even know about the Japan earthquake(it was an earthquake, right?) until a few days later when someone told me
    The only mail I look at is mail in an envelope, all pieces of paper get thrown in the bin without me looking at them.

    OP, I would just sen them a letter explaining that you were moving and you didn't have a chance or forgot or something like that

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashee View Post
    So we have an obligation to vote, to me that makes it a duty rather than a right. I just do and always will find compulsory voting a bizarre concept.
    No, you've missed my point. To continue to have a democracy, you have a right and an obligation when it comes to voting. You have a right to a say in who runs your country or state or council. You have an obligation to acknowledge that right by turning up and choosing whether or not you exercise that right. It's not the actual vote that is compulsory in the end. Just the showing up.
    Like I said, the term democracy refers to a govt elected by a majority. If you take away the compulsory part then you cant guarantee the majority will vote, and there goes your democracy.
    Anyway, gone off topic now, sorry OP!

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    There are plenty of laws in other countries I find "bizarre concepts". I would still obey them whilst in those countries though.

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    Default Re: Didn't vote and got a fine

    Quote Originally Posted by AceOfBase View Post
    I'm surprised when people say they didn't know that an election was coming up, my letter box was constantly being filled with promotional material, it was almost on a daily basis where I live, unless they printed too many and just wanted to get rid of them

    I think just try and be honest and write a letter explaining the situation, if it's not accepted, just pay up.
    I knew there was an election coming up during to the mail in my box, the posters in people's yards..... nothing had a date. Coming up is one thing. Knowing an exact date is another.

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    I agree with others who say you can't pick and choose which laws you obey in a country. There are littering fines, not wearing a seatbelt fines etc. It may be that I really don't like wearing a seatbelt and the only person I put at risk by not wearing a seatbelt is me, however, it is a law and I wear a seatbelt.

    Other threads have said for other topics, if you don't like it you don't have to live in Australia. For me, if I lived in another country, I'd suck it up and abide by their laws regardless of whether I thought they infringed upon me as an individual or not, or whether I agreed with them or not. Same as I do here. Yep, some people think it's stupid that we have compulsory voting, but it is a legislation.

    To the OP, if it was a genuine mistake, for sure, write a letter, explain the situation and see how you go, I wouldn't advocate for lying just to try to get out of a fine.

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