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Old September 25 2012, 06:18 PM   #340
Location: Great Britain
Re: The Newsroom.

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Hmm, let's go to Wikipedia:
Australia enforces compulsory voting. Compulsory voting at referendums was considered when a referendum was proposed in 1915, but, as the referendum was never held, the idea was put on hold. The immediate impetus for compulsory voting at federal level was the low voter turnout (59.38 percent) at the 1922 federal election. However, it was not on the platform of either the Stanley Bruce-led Nationalist/Country party coalition government or the Matthew Charlton-led Labor opposition to introduce this requirement; rather, the initiative was taken by a backbench Tasmanian senator from the Nationalists, Herbert Payne, who introduced a Private Senator's Bill, the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1924, on 16 July 1924. Senator Payne's bill was passed with little debate (the House of Representatives agreed to it in less than an hour), and in neither house was a division required, hence no votes were recorded against the bill. It received Royal Assent on 31 July 1924. The 1925 federal election was the first to be held under compulsory voting; the turnout figure climbed to 91.4 per cent, an increase of 32 percentage points on the previous election.

Voting is compulsory both at federal elections and at elections for the state and territory legislatures. In the states of South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia voting at local elections is not compulsory. About 5% of enrolled voters fail to vote at most elections. People in this situation are asked to explain their failure to vote. If no satisfactory reason is provided (for example, illness or religious prohibition), a relatively small fine is imposed ($20), and failure to pay the fine may result in a court hearing.
@ Eno - that to me is mandatory voting.

@ bigdaddy - to me it just underlines that it's a serious business, and I feel that if you don't vote, you don't get to complain. More importantly than that, if as many people as possible vote, it gives whoever is in power a more accurate reflection of their true mandate and responsibility, and a snapshot of where the electorate is at.

And oddly enough, we feel freer for it, because we know the voting isn't in the hands of a motivated few or special interests.

To get back to the topic at hand...

I'd only seen Olivia Munn on The Daily Show a few times, and thought her pretty but not anything special. Seeing her with proper dialogue in a drama, yeah, she is pretty good, and I hope they utilise her more next season.
Whilst I agree voting is important, by being fined if you don't vote how are you freer?

In countries without mandatory voting or being fined if you don't you are in essence being force to vote to escape punishment hardly free.

I agree if you don't vote don't complain about the result, you had your chance to make your voice heard. You don't even have to vote you can go into a booth and spoil your ballot. As those are counted and announced in the UK, the Politicans might take more notice if the voting went more like this

5 000 for Party A
4 500 for Party B
3 200 for Party C
7 000 Spoilt ballots.
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