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Doing your duty and stuff

The way things are going, it looks like an election is going to be called in the next two weeks or so.

I'm not usually one to get on a soap box, but this is one of those times that I will make the effort. If you are eligible to vote and you're not enrolled, enrol now. If your enrollment details are wrong, fix them up now.

If you are eligible to vote and you don't then you have no right to bitch and complain about the government we currently have/will have. If you can't be bothered to make the effort to do it, then you don't have the right to complain.

Due to changes in the way that voter enrollment works, it is best to make sure your enrollment is up to date before the election. If you are enrolling for the first time, or re-enrolling after being removed for any reason, then you have until 8pm on the day the election is called to have enrolled. If you are 17 but will turn 18 before the election, you will become an Australian citizen (and therefore eligible to vote) or you are enrolled but wish to update address and name details, then you have until 8pm three days after the election is called to enroll/update your enrollment.

As a result, no more can you update your enrollment for up to a week or two after they call the election. With the current changes it's best to ensure that your enrollment is correct before hand.

The important questions that people may be asking are:However, the one question that the AEC doesn't answer is Why should I enrol and vote? The ever intelligent artbroken did a number of posts last year on the Victorian State Election as to the whys and wherefores, most of which is applicable to a Federal election as well, as far as I am aware.

These posts include:Really good reads for discovering the mechanics behind the elections which helps when working out why.

In summary, people bitch and moan about the country/state/locality all the time, and don't have a clue what their part in this is. Please read up, think for yourself and make an informed choice. I don't care if you vote for someone I hate, as long as your vote is your vote and not some one else's.

Democracy is a dirty job, but imagine the alternatives.

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verdigriis
Sep. 21st, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
I remember sitting in a room of people last election at a party. About half of them announced that they'd either not voted, or (more common) deliberately put in a null vote by doing nothing but write abusive comments on their ballot.

Then, when the election was called, they all moaned their disappointment with the result. :-O

If I'd happened to be holding a chainsaw at that moment, it could have been ugly...
aeduna
Sep. 21st, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
I think I would have started punching and kicking until I felt better. Which might have taken Some Time.

Random, going to link to your post, it pretty much sums the situation up good. Like. Y'know.

Remember: There's Always Someone to Vote Against.
halloranelder
Sep. 21st, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
No problem. Always glad to help.
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halloranelder
Sep. 21st, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
The problem is that an enrol to vote/change in enrolment must be witnessed by someone. It's not valid if it isn't witnessed.

How do they do that electronically? Until such a time as they can do it that way, it has to be printed out and sent.

As for sending it, if you go to your local Post Office, they should have reply paid envelopes for the enrolment forms there. That way you don't need to worry about it, and you can post it at the same time.

Yes, it's a stupid system, but it's the only one we've got.

PS - Soon. Now that I actually have some free time (ha!) I'll actually be able to read it all and do something about it.
kunoichi_chan
Sep. 21st, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
I have had a cheque for $30 that I'm still waiting to deposit at the Post Office, and I've had that for many months.

Going to the Post Office is not a very handy thing for me. :p

Bah, humbug to the witness!
catenoid
Sep. 21st, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Safe seats are no fun. I should have had someone around to yell at me "Remember the Senate!... the Senate... the senate...".
missingkeys
Sep. 21st, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
I had an argument after the last election with the (now ex-) boyfriend of a former friend. I was whining about the government, he told me they were doing a great job, I probably said something like 'how could you vote for them?' to which he replied that he wasn't registered to vote.

I try not to pick apart people's spelling/grammar *too* much in arguments, but I felt that gave me very free reign to mock everything about him. "No opinion for you, four years."
catcom
Sep. 21st, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
In non-electoral news...
Hey Random, could you please email me the control panel details for the webhosting to my gmail account? I need them to install WordPress.
halloranelder
Sep. 24th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Re: In non-electoral news...
The simple answer is no.

The control panel is shared between all the domains I host, and as a result no one else is allowed those details. However, if you want me to install anything specific, let me know and I should be able to set things up for you.
catcom
Sep. 25th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: In non-electoral news...
Oh, my bad! That makes sense.

May I please have the host/server for the MySQL database? A nice man is setting up WordPress for me and needs it.
halloranelder
Sep. 25th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: In non-electoral news...
That will be emailed to you shortly.
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