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Election night party – come revel in the vengeance.

By johnboy - 13 October 2008 27

Most of you, I have no doubt, have had a gutfull of electioneering.

But election night itself is a wonderful time. Once every four years we get a very limited opportunity to pass judgment over a whole raft of heros and miscreants.

This Saturday night we’ve booked a table at All Bar Nun in O’Connor and have permission to put the ABC on one of the big screens. In between the election coverage we’ll plug in a laptop and put up the Elections ACT website.

Candidates, campaign workers, other media, and regular members of the public are all welcome to come on down and have a gloat at the expense of whomever is getting their comeuppance.

We’ll be liveblogging the results from the bar, so obviously being there will give you the chance to colour our commentary.

What’s Your opinion?


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Gungahlin Al 4:09 pm 14 Oct 08

Wild stab in the dark here Jakez – Crown v Warden?

Mutley: you’re right, our bad. We should have said “informal vote”. The true donkey vote is already largely cancelled out by the Robson rotation method I guess.

jakez 3:59 pm 14 Oct 08

Jesus Christ I need to get out of law school. I don’t know why I thought he would actually state the case on the radio, let alone whether you would take note.

I’ll track him down and see what info I can get.

jakez 3:58 pm 14 Oct 08

Gungahlin Al said :

“Is this the end of the donkey vote?”

No – you could still merely drop your bar code thingo in the ballot box without completing the online form. Once ticked off the Palm Pilot, you are accepted to have “voted”. Not that I’m encouraging that at all.

Interestingly, in a discussion about voluntary voting on 666 yesterday, columnist Ian Warden conceded that he was the person responsible in his younger days for pushing that issue through the courts, gaining a ruling that merely getting one’s name ticked off was “voting” even if one did not fill out a ballot paper. He also admitted that it was an embarrassment to him, now that he’s come to value his right to vote more.

I would very much like to know the name of that case because it flies against every single other case I have ever seen.

Is it an ACT case?

mutley 3:43 pm 14 Oct 08

That’s not a donkey vote. A donkey vote is where you just number them in the order they are in on the ballot paper.

Gungahlin Al 3:33 pm 14 Oct 08

Don’t scan 1st time Thumper. Take code card, drop in box, donkey vote.
So the option is there, but I value my vote. So it’s nice to know that my intentions can never be brought into question by some scrutineer.

Jonathon would disagree with me vociferously, but bring on computerised voting across the board in my opinion. Kill off the late election nights wouldn’t it? “It’s 6.01 pm. Welcome to the evening news, and here are the election results…”

Thumper 3:16 pm 14 Oct 08

I’m not sure Al,

the ticket scanner refused to let me finish until i’d ticked the boxes.

Gungahlin Al 3:06 pm 14 Oct 08

“Is this the end of the donkey vote?”

No – you could still merely drop your bar code thingo in the ballot box without completing the online form. Once ticked off the Palm Pilot, you are accepted to have “voted”. Not that I’m encouraging that at all.

Interestingly, in a discussion about voluntary voting on 666 yesterday, columnist Ian Warden conceded that he was the person responsible in his younger days for pushing that issue through the courts, gaining a ruling that merely getting one’s name ticked off was “voting” even if one did not fill out a ballot paper. He also admitted that it was an embarrassment to him, now that he’s come to value his right to vote more.

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