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    Yes I think you should just cough up the fines. If it's that big of a deal then like PPs have said.. tell them the truth. Don't lie to them. By lying you are potentially getting someone in lots of trouble if they haven't crossed off both your names.. they aren't going to believe that they didn't cross of both you're names either and you'll just look like a tool. Don't try and get someone else in trouble for your mistake!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefooted&Pregnant View Post
    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.
    Alot of people who would vote if forced wouldn't if not forced. I know that I probably wouldn't because I'm lazy lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefooted&Pregnant View Post
    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.

    XOOMing in to the hub from the couch

    Really?? Most of my mail had dates and if they didn't I would make it my responsibility to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AceOfBase View Post
    Really?? Most of my mail had dates and if they didn't I would make it my responsibility to find out.
    I'm sorry I see the Government same as My friends.. If you want me to show up somewhere and do something give me a time and date and an idea what you want me to do. I got he time, and the idea, I even know the place, But no date. I actually live within metres of a Polling place, I usually work out it's voting day when my street has cars in it on a weekend before 4 in the afternoon. I then wait until there is a lull in cars and run up the street.

    I also Don't open the letters so unless it is noticeable on a flyer I won't see it.

    My ex got a fine as he didn't know it was voting day till he couldn't get here and hadn't changed his address.. and he actually tried to tell me that is was my fault as I hadn't reminded him to change his address.. and we had been separated for 8 months by then.

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    So sending you letters and flyers, putting it on tv, posting posters all over the place isn't enough information to bestir you to wander up the street to vote... What does it take, an engraved invitation? Do you really expect the same from your friends, or do you put a little effort in with them?

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    the letters, flyers & posters don't have the date. I only watch cable so no ads for it. and If my friends give me a rough idea of a date that is enough.. all I get from the government is an indication there will be one soon. As I said when I see the signs there is one I go.. but often It will be that day before I find out when it is.

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    The apathy displayed in this thread towards one of the most important aspects of what makes Australia a free and amazing place to live has saddened me.

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    So you knew there was an election coming, but didn't know the date. There are very few things you can't find out these days on google in about 3 seconds, with extremely minimal effort.

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    Personally I look at it a bit like a speeding fine. The majority of the time you know you were a little over, but you don't realise that the 1 or 2km over that you thought you were was actually 5km (it's a hypothetical peeps, we've all had a fine for being a bit over at SOME stage! Lol).
    But just because you didn't know you were over by that much, doesn't mean you get out of the fine by saying you didn't realise.

    If you knew there was an election coming up, but just didn't know when then you can't really claim to have a reason for not voting. All it'd take is a quick look on google or even a question over the fence to the neighbours.

    I sympathise, it sucks to cop it rough for a good chunk of money when you can't afford it but I really can't see a reasonable reason to get out of it. Ignorance is no defense as they say. Perhaps ask if you can make a payment plan to pay $10 a week? Most government agencies have something like that in place because people don't expect to have that sort of thing pop up.

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    Default Didn't vote and got a fine

    Quote Originally Posted by Barefooted&Pregnant View Post
    I'm sorry I see the Government same as My friends.. If you want me to show up somewhere and do something give me a time and date and an idea what you want me to do. I got he time, and the idea, I even know the place, But no date. I actually live within metres of a Polling place, I usually work out it's voting day when my street has cars in it on a weekend before 4 in the afternoon. I then wait until there is a lull in cars and run up the street.

    I also Don't open the letters so unless it is noticeable on a flyer I won't see it.

    My ex got a fine as he didn't know it was voting day till he couldn't get here and hadn't changed his address.. and he actually tried to tell me that is was my fault as I hadn't reminded him to change his address.. and we had been separated for 8 months by then.
    "If you want me to show up somewhere and do something give me a time and date and an idea what you want me to do."
    They do this usually in the letters sent out by candidates and the aec.

    "I also Don't open the letters so unless it is noticeable on a flyer I won't see it"
    Yes well....

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