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I went to an early polling booth here in Victoria, Australia and donkey voted below the line. Numbers 1-97 in the order they appear, I think #1 was online hippy socialists or something. It was so satisfying :D

 

I'll make my own sausage in bread too, thank-you

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Just because you don't care about who runs our country doesn't mean others don't. The quality of life for countless vulnerable people depend on who is elected. Your vote counts and not only did you waste it, you are bragging about it. 

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Just because you don't care about who runs our country doesn't mean others don't. The quality of life for countless vulnerable people depend on who is elected. Your vote counts and not only did you waste it, you are bragging about it. 

I don't know about this.  I don't think that shaming and blaming should be the fist tactic to express disapproval of another's actions.  These sorts of tactics often result in creating an atmosphere where open communication and a productive dialogue are not likely to happen.

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Also for any other Australians out there considering this because they can't decide who to vote for, go to http://www.abc.net.au/votecompass/ and fill out their questionnaire which will let you know what parties are similar to your views.

 

If you don't like the major parties, find a minor party you agree with. Allocated votes determine future funding for the minor parties so you may give them a chance at the next election. 

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My wording may have been harsh and I'm sorry if I upset Hume, but like a lot of Australians there are a lot of important matters to be decided. I'm incredibly anxious at the prospect of this election. I'm happy for Hume to explain why they did this, but I still think it was a poor choice. 

 

I've been in hospital and too depressed to vote at a state election. I could be compassonate to myself for being unable to vote but I didn't brag about it. I'm guessing some people are planning on donkey voting on the misguided belief it 'sends a message' of some kind which I think is pointless and thus wasting a vote.

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Also for any other Australians out there considering this because they can't decide who to vote for, go to http://www.abc.net.au/votecompass/ and fill out their questionnaire which will let you know what parties are similar to your views.

 

If you don't like the major parties, find a minor party you agree with. Allocated votes determine future funding for the minor parties so you may give them a chance at the next election. 

 

that told me to vote libs on monday, then labor on tuesday, and greens a few days later

 

it wasn't meant as a brag btw. compulsory voting is a crock, but unlike last time this avoided a fine. on the official lists, an informal vote is generally counted as too dumb to fill out the form, but donkey votes, especially below the line go to the non-compulsory vote lobby

 

the upper house was informal with scribble since that is also obviously deliberate

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My wording may have been harsh and I'm sorry if I upset Hume, but like a lot of Australians there are a lot of important matters to be decided. I'm incredibly anxious at the prospect of this election. I'm happy for Hume to explain why they did this, but I still think it was a poor choice. 

 

I've been in hospital and too depressed to vote at a state election. I could be compassonate to myself for being unable to vote but I didn't brag about it. I'm guessing some people are planning on donkey voting on the misguided belief it 'sends a message' of some kind which I think is pointless and thus wasting a vote.

 

That's horrible that you weren't able to vote.  The last time I was inpatient they wouldn't allow me to leave to vote.  When I was impatient and making the complaint, one of the administrators was so oblivious to what I was protesting, that they asked me if I even knew who was running in the election.  As it is the law in the US that hospitals allow patients to leave to vote, even if they have a court order restricting them to the hospital, once I got out and reported them.  Things did not go well for that particular administrator.  Here it is considered by law, a grave violation of civil rights to prevent or corrosively discourage people from voting.  

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Umm. What's donkey voting?

 

we use preferential voting. so in theory you start with the number 1 on your most preferred and work through to who you dislike most

 

donkey voting, you number in order, in the senate there are 97 candidates, so numbers 1-97 in the order they appear on the paper

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Umm. What's donkey voting?

 

we use preferential voting. so in theory you start with the number 1 on your most preferred and work through to who you dislike most

 

donkey voting, you number in order, in the senate there are 97 candidates, so numbers 1-97 in the order they appear on the paper

 

 

What happens if you hate all of them and number them all 97?

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Umm. What's donkey voting?

 

we use preferential voting. so in theory you start with the number 1 on your most preferred and work through to who you dislike most

 

donkey voting, you number in order, in the senate there are 97 candidates, so numbers 1-97 in the order they appear on the paper

 

 

What happens if you hate all of them and number them all 97?

 

that's called an "informal vote" and gets thrown out, generally anywhere from about 2% to 7% of the total votes are like that, but I think a recent state election in the west had substantially higher

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that's called an "informal vote" and gets thrown out, generally anywhere from about 2% to 7% of the total votes are like that, but I think a recent state election in the west had substantially higher

 

 

Does your ballot get thrown out if you only vote for one person-the one you like best?

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that's called an "informal vote" and gets thrown out, generally anywhere from about 2% to 7% of the total votes are like that, but I think a recent state election in the west had substantially higher

 

 

Does your ballot get thrown out if you only vote for one person-the one you like best?

 

 

you get two bits of paper, the lower house one has only a few names, 9 this time round, that one you have only the choice of 1-9 preferences

 

in the senate, you can either out just your first preference above the line, or the full 1-97 below the line

 

having the person who ticks your name off explain this is generally worse than actually doing it, telling them you know how it works is frivolous

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Gearhead - thank you for asking the questions I was thinking while reading this.

 

Hume - thank you for explaining. I'm not aware of any US district with voting like that and I have never heard the term "donkey vote" until tonight. Thank you for teaching me something new.

 

I have a friend who lives in Australia but I haven't been able to talk to him in awhile. Anyway, I thought a woman was in charge, but then today on the news I saw a man who was introduced as your PM talk about syria (arrrggg). I don't know what you guys had to vote for other than senate, as you mentioned, but may there be peace and happiness.

 

I think compulsory voting has its place and I wish it could be implemented in some races in the US, not all, but some.

 

Thanks!!

db

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ha! yeah db, that woman was outsted by her own political party, we didn't get a say in it but got a new PM [she did the same to the old guy 3 years earlier, and now the old guy is back]

 

We rarely have an extras btw, the last one was a referendum if we wanted to ditch the british monarchy in the '90's

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Hume's doona,    If you could vote for the Socialist Party  then you must live in Collingwood or close by.

 

I love living here as it's the nearest you can be to sheer insanity in Australia and there is a lot of seriously

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I got a fine for not voting in the council election last year. $70! I had no idea there was an election. I mean it's the council, no one cares so no one talks about it. I got out of it with a letter but still. 

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I got a fine for not voting in the council election last year. $70! I had no idea there was an election. I mean it's the council, no one cares so no one talks about it. I got out of it with a letter but still. 

 

It seems to be an unwritten rule that if you reply to the letter and admit fault, they let you off. If imply something bad about the system you get fined

 

@Glassss, not collingwood, closer to frankston. also not actually sure who my vote went to

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