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Oct. 5th, 2010

08:38 am - In case you were wondering

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From:t_c_da
Date:October 4th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
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On the voting turnout...

I'd like to know why voting isn't compulsory in this neck of the woods.

It's compulsory at a State and National level in Australia, and the powers that be have gone to some lengths to ensure that it is quick and relatively straightforward to vote, even though it ALL STV.

At the time I left Aussie (1974) local body elections hadn't impinged on my consciousness sufficiently for me to recall now, so I can't comment on that level.

The provision of postal voting here gives no-one any excuse not to vote IMHO.
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From:richdrich
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
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Because the state doesn't own its citizens? People can vote or not. If they don't, then they basically have said "whatever the others want" and can't compliance.

One good way to address council election turnouts (not to mention the intrinsic fraud potential of a postal vote) would be to align council and general elections.
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