well you will have to decide whether to trust me or not on this one ladies! I didn't take a picture of my neighbor bulletin as a proof for BH
all my friends that voted for the first time that day made the same comment too.
I realise this thread is old but I didn't participate in it!
I think Australia's voting system is mostly fantastic, in the sense of the the way in which we vote and the votes are counted. Though Senate voting is in need of some serious reforms. I like that we use a Proportional Representation system, and I love that it's a Singe Transferable Vote (a quota system), it may be tedious for counting, but it gets us, as the public, the biggest say in what happens with out vote, so long as we are voting below the line. This is where some reform is needed.
The Senate elections are just SO HUGE, that with candidate numbers below the line reaching into the hundreds, asking the people to vote below the line is just ridiculous. We need to scrap above the line voting all together, because allowing group tickets and party's electing their own preferences is never going to be fair to the Australian public, instead, we need to restrict the numbers of candidates we need to number below the line. Instead of needing to number ALL of the boxes, we should only be required to number as many boxes/candidates as there are Senate seats to be filled.
As for the OP question should voting be compulsory? Absolutely! It may seem like such an arduous task, especially when you feel as though there is no one worth voting for and you have to number many boxes, but the fact is, without compulsory voting, we are not going to ever have a government that is truly representative of the general public. A good example is the US, they have non-compulsory voting, and it is common for less than 50% of the voting population to vote, that right there is not a democratic nation.
However, in saying that, if you feel THAT strongly about not voting, then no one is technically forcing you to actually vote. Sure, you are legally required to turn up to a polling place and have your name crossed off, but you are not legally bound to place a formal vote (though you really should!).
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@Lillynix In France I put one name/party as my vote and I do get to decide what happens with my vote.
It's a lot easier to comprehend for everyone.
First round, everyone choose their favorite candidate/party. No need to study about all the parties and how to rank them etc. You only choose your favorite.
Second round is between the 2-3 candidates that had the most votes in the first round. Same process, put only one name in.
I believe the method being idiot/moron proof. No one could pretend they don't understand what they are supposed to do. And no candidate or party own your vote ever.
Cons is you have to vote twice. But it is also a very quick vote. 3 min in and out!
No voting system is perfect, and whilst the French system is easy to understand, it does also have it's downsides, just like the rest of them, unfortunately!
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