No politic talk (ie on TV, radio etc) or polls allowed from 2 days before an election.
One can only vote at one polling place, the closest to your home.
They check ID against their list, Then you grab an envelop, several ballot papers and you go in a small booth closed by a curtain.
I love that you are able to vote anywhere in Australia though. And that you only need to vote once (in France they are usually 2 rounds as its very hard for one candidate to get over 50% votes from the first round)
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08-09-2013 19:48 #51
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24-06-2014 17:02 #52Junior Member
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It is an odd one. On one hand compelling people to participate in a democracy seems rather undemocratic, on the other hand, it ensures that the system MUST include everyone avoiding situations whereby those who wanted to vote cannot as not enough polling stations were provided due to an expectation of lower demand or similar. It removes one aspect of democracy from our system but protects the overall which, I think, is not a bad compromise. For those who do not wish to vote, or see no point in voting, perhaps it may make sense to include a protest option as my understanding is that all protest votes currently are passed to the incumbent.
24-06-2014 22:04 #53
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24-06-2014 23:01 #54
As for the OP, yes I'm in favour of compulsory voting. Apathy is rife, but complaints tend to be loud... At least this way the complainers know they had their chance :P But seriously, I just take comfort in knowing that the numbers stand their best chance at representing the people.
25-06-2014 05:13 #55
@lambjam yes I could see what the person next to me was writing on his bulletin.
There should be private booth.
Yes technically it would show at some point if you have vote several times but you are assuming that they compare all paper logs together? Doubt it...
25-06-2014 05:18 #56
25-06-2014 07:43 #57
We should vote with a pen, not pencil.
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25-06-2014 09:04 #58
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25-06-2014 11:11 #60
I don't know if you can call it booth TBH. I just had to turn my head to the right or to the left and look at what my neighbors were writing down. Nothing was protecting our privacy.
A joke! I don't care that much as I'm quite vocal about my politic preferences
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