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Complainers should get out to the polls

Will you take the time to vote this November? Or will your non-cast ballot aid the things and politicians you complain about?

In Australia, you get fined if you don’t cast a ballot. Here we end up stuck with what we have because not enough people feel it is worth their time to get out and vote.

If there is to be any chance of removing Sanford (The Crook) Bishop, there will have to be a massive voter turnout. We have all watched as a district was shaped to give him the best possible chance by including large quantities of dependant citizens. As we saw last time, these folks will get out and vote, something the average working individual seems reluctant to do. Make a point of getting out there and voting, even if you vote to simply nullify my vote.

WALT SPECHT

Leesburg

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tywebb 2 years, 3 months ago

In Australia, how do they know exactly who votes and who doesn't? Could it be through ID cards? i doubt it's through a simple check list of residents

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agirl_25 2 years, 3 months ago

They take voting very serious in other countries....I asked my friends in Australia and they sent me this information:

Voting is compulsory. If you don’t vote in a State election or by-election you may be fined.

Following a State election or by-election the names of electors who appear to have not voted are ascertained using a scanning process. The Commission then begins the non-voter process.

An Apparent Failure to Vote notice is sent to all electors identified as having not voted. The elector is given the opportunity to provide the Commission with a valid reason for failing to vote or if they failed to vote to pay the half penalty unit (currently $50.00).

If the Commission accepts the reason for not voting or the non-voter pays the half penalty unit no further action is taken.

If the non-voter fails to respond to the Apparent Failure to Vote Notice or the response is not accepted, the Commission then sends an Infringement Notice for the full penalty unit (currently $100.00). The non-voter has 28 days from the date of issue of the notice to either pay the fine or respond to the notice. A non-voter can choose to have the matter dealt with by the Courts.

If the non-voter does not respond to the Infringement Notice by the due date, the Commission refers the matter to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER). The non-voter will then be issued with Enforcement Orders from SPER. Additional costs are incurred if the matter reaches this stage.

SPER have the power to enforce the payment, including the seizure of property and suspension of drivers’ licences.

If the non-voter believes they have a valid and sufficient reason for not voting or that they did in fact vote, they can lodge a Statutory Declaration with the Commission for review of their case.

Electors are required by law to update their enrolment details each time they move. The non-voter notices are deemed served when they are sent to the address on the electoral roll. The reason of not receiving the notices because the non-voter has moved and has not updated their details is not accepted.

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tywebb 2 years, 3 months ago

interesting. thanks. although it doesn't sound like much of a right but a forced law

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agirl_25 2 years, 3 months ago

Well tywebb...things are done a lot differently in Australia and New Zealand as well. You should see how they enforce the laws concerning poaching..they are very strict and they fine the people to the full extent of the law....NO EXCUSES.....

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waltspecht 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm told it is about like failing to show up for Jury duty, only they don't issue a bench warrent.

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