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April 30th, 2005


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10:19 am - Well, how about that ...
Apparently rwrylsin and I do get to vote - our polling cards just arrived in the mail today.
I guess we must have registered or enrolled or something sometime last year when we were still a bit dazed from the Big Move, and promptly forgot about it.

Looks like we'll have to pay a little attention to politics after all :-)

(except voting isn't compulsory over here, which seems strange coming from Australia. Also, the election is on Thursday - now, polling stations are open until late (ours until 10pm, apparently), but there must be a lot of people for whom this timing is inconvenient or impossible (hence the rise in postal voting, I guess). Australian elections are generally held on Saturdays, and this seems to work well for most ... )
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From:numbat
Date:April 30th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
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Actually I've suggested in the past that the Australian system of voting on Saturday makes more sense but interestingly the English response back was that voting in the middle of the week was far more convenient. I think they kid themselves.
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From:hnpcc
Date:May 2nd, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
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Although we were talking about the Saturday thing the other day and it dawned on us that if you were going to set up elections now in Australia (from scratch I mean) you couldn't have them on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday (religous groups). So you'd have to have them on a weekday. But because it's compulsory voting you'd almost have to have a public holiday for it. So it'd have to be a Wednesday, to prevent most people from making a long weekend of it. ;-)
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From:numbat
Date:May 2nd, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
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So why did you think Saturday would be out if they setting up the Australian voting system today?

Actually given our current government I think it's more likely they would insist on voting being non-compulsory.
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From:hnpcc
Date:May 2nd, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Saturday: Religous day for Jewish and Seventh Day groups. *shrug*

Friday: Religous day for Muslims.

Sunday: Religous day for Christians.

Mon/Tues/Thurs: will encourage people to take long weekend.

Has to be Wednesday.

Actually given our current government I think it's more likely they would insist on voting being non-compulsory.

Probably. It'd be interesting to see whether they then lost power though, as the true believers mounted campaigns. :-)
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From:hnpcc
Date:May 2nd, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh and I forgot to add diehard NRL/AFL to the list of religous groups for Friday/Saturday and Sunday. ;-)
From:kriste
Date:May 3rd, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
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So how did you get a vote? I don't ...
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From:davidcook
Date:May 3rd, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Ummm ... not quite sure, actually. I think we filled in some sort of registration thingy last year sometime.
Oddly enough, it's not related to my British citizenship, because rwrylsin got can vote too ...
From:kriste
Date:May 3rd, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Funny, because I should qualify on EU and/or commonwealth grounds, and don't get one! Shame, cause I'm telling everyone else to vote on my behlaf. Go the Yellows! (well best out of three, and you have to vote for _someone_!) (though I have been encouraging my BF to donkey vote - he refuses to vote because he likes none of the choices. I think he should at least make his opinion clear, rather than being one of the masses who can't be asked. Shame, because he's otherwise quite politically aware - bet if we moved to Australia and lost his vote completely he'd suddenly start to miss it)

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