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Pre-polling well underway

By Jazz - 14 October 2012 16

Elections ACT have let us know that pre-polling is a more popular choice this election with over 14,000 pre poll and postal votes having already been cast. compared to this time in the 2008 ACT election. Probably not surprising given the school holidays currently on, but could also be a sign that we’re more sure of who we want to govern us for the next 4 years, or are all jumping ship.

If you’d like to cast your vote ahead of next saturday polling centres are located at:

Belconnen: Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court

Canberra City: Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue

Downer: Downer Business Park, 2 Bradfield Street

Gungahlin: Gungahlin Library, Conference Room 1, Access via Hibberson Street

Tuggeranong: Salvation Army Hall, Cnr Anketell St and Reed St North

Woden: Woden Smith Family, Cnr Easty and Launceston Streets

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16 Responses to
Pre-polling well underway
davo101 3:16 pm 19 Oct 12

Alderney said :

I for one cannot understand why we can’t vote at the TAB. More bets would be placed on the Melbourne Cup than ballots cast on an election day, and they know the payout less than a minute after the race finishes

Completely different set of risks and system design requirements. The TAB doesn’t really care what the result is so long as they get their cut of the betting pool.

Alderney 3:10 pm 19 Oct 12

switch said :

Give electronic voting a miss, much easier and quicker to do it the old fashioned dead tree way.

Even I, who has been compared more than once with Charles Dickens, found electronic voting easy.

I for one cannot understand why we can’t vote at the TAB. More bets would be placed on the Melbourne Cup than ballots cast on an election day, and they know the payout less than a minute after the race finishes.

It would put an end to my Saturday night TV being disrupted for one.

davo101 3:03 pm 19 Oct 12

MissChief said :

I didn’t bother with the electronic vote simply because I was in a hurry, however, I do wonder about the merits of using pencil on paper when it is so easy to rub out.

In the time it takes you to rub out and change one vote, in a computer based system I’ve changed every vote in the Territory.

davo101 3:00 pm 19 Oct 12

astrojax said :

i still think we should all come together in some public square on polling day and have a show of hands to elect the leader – the non-elected candidates are then summarily executed to raucus cheering before we all pile off to the taverns surrounding the square for pints of mead and discussions of animal husbandry and bawdy [not to mention lusty] signing…

I don’t know–it might be considered “un-Australian” to be against the use of the Australian Ballot.

c_c 2:59 pm 19 Oct 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I prefer to start at the bottom – more joy in deliberately choosing who goes last rather than a process of elimination 🙂

Oh christ, someone else who doesn’t understand how Hare-Clarke works.

The only way to punish someone, is to not put any preference down at all!

By putting a number down, any number, you help them get closer to a quota. That’s how Mick G lasted through so many rounds of counting in Brindabella.

thebadtouch 2:06 pm 19 Oct 12

astrojax said :

davo101 said :

switch said :

Give electronic voting a miss, much easier and quicker to do it the old fashioned dead tree way. The computer interface was obviously designed by a committee of public servants who thought computers from the 1970’s were a neat trick and haven’t moved on from then.

I’d give electronic voting a miss simply because it’s almost impossible to build a computer based voting system that is as reliable, transparent and attack resistant as good old pencil on paper.

i still think we should all come together in some public square on polling day and have a show of hands to elect the leader – the non-elected candidates are then summarily executed to raucus cheering before we all pile off to the taverns surrounding the square for pints of mead and discussions of animal husbandry and bawdy [not to mention lusty] signing…

Or singing even!

astrojax 1:58 pm 19 Oct 12

davo101 said :

switch said :

Give electronic voting a miss, much easier and quicker to do it the old fashioned dead tree way. The computer interface was obviously designed by a committee of public servants who thought computers from the 1970’s were a neat trick and haven’t moved on from then.

I’d give electronic voting a miss simply because it’s almost impossible to build a computer based voting system that is as reliable, transparent and attack resistant as good old pencil on paper.

i still think we should all come together in some public square on polling day and have a show of hands to elect the leader – the non-elected candidates are then summarily executed to raucus cheering before we all pile off to the taverns surrounding the square for pints of mead and discussions of animal husbandry and bawdy [not to mention lusty] signing…

Solidarity 1:08 pm 19 Oct 12

I’m a pretty average dude, few weeks ago I went and voted using the computers… I spent 10 seconds reading the instructions, and within the minute i’d voted and was out the door… not sure what you guys are complaining about, you guys must be dumb or something….

MissChief 12:46 pm 19 Oct 12

I didn’t bother with the electronic vote simply because I was in a hurry, however, I do wonder about the merits of using pencil on paper when it is so easy to rub out.

davo101 12:13 pm 19 Oct 12

switch said :

Give electronic voting a miss, much easier and quicker to do it the old fashioned dead tree way. The computer interface was obviously designed by a committee of public servants who thought computers from the 1970’s were a neat trick and haven’t moved on from then.

I’d give electronic voting a miss simply because it’s almost impossible to build a computer based voting system that is as reliable, transparent and attack resistant as good old pencil on paper.

switch 10:18 am 19 Oct 12

Give electronic voting a miss, much easier and quicker to do it the old fashioned dead tree way. The computer interface was obviously designed by a committee of public servants who thought computers from the 1970’s were a neat trick and haven’t moved on from then.

colourful sydney rac 7:49 am 16 Oct 12

Bad Seed said :

I pre-polled today because I took my elderly mother to vote (they took one look at me and went -electronic and one look at my mum and went -paper LOL) but I must say that the electronic system is definitely not simpler, I am perfectly computer literate and would expect this kind of system to be intuitive but I had to read the instructions on the wall just to work out how to jiggle from party to party as it certainly wasn’t obvious.

I usually number from 1 to the end when paper voting so I can have the joy of labelling my least favourite candidates last but it was so time consuming to move from group to group that I gave up after about 8 and lodged my vote

I prefer to start at the bottom – more joy in deliberately choosing who goes last rather than a process of elimination 🙂

Holditz 11:54 pm 15 Oct 12

Gungahlin Al said :

When you go into the pre-poll, it’s funny to see the big notice taped in front of the screen saying “This is not a touchscreen”.
So then when I went to enter my votes, you know exactly what I went and did of course… D’oh.

Same here, at the Smiths Family in Woden. Having just got off the bus with my tablet, I go in and register my name, and then touch the screen expecting numbers to go up.

There’s one very good reason to go to polling centres on the Saturday- the cake and sausage sanger tables!

Bad Seed 7:24 pm 15 Oct 12

I pre-polled today because I took my elderly mother to vote (they took one look at me and went -electronic and one look at my mum and went -paper LOL) but I must say that the electronic system is definitely not simpler, I am perfectly computer literate and would expect this kind of system to be intuitive but I had to read the instructions on the wall just to work out how to jiggle from party to party as it certainly wasn’t obvious.

I usually number from 1 to the end when paper voting so I can have the joy of labelling my least favourite candidates last but it was so time consuming to move from group to group that I gave up after about 8 and lodged my vote

Gungahlin Al 6:10 pm 15 Oct 12

Is it just me, or is there something about knowing that – having done a computerised pre-poll vote – your vote gets tallied with the press of a button immediately after the poll closes?

Whenever I’ve pre-polled elsewhere, it’s felt like your vote doesn’t really come into it because it doesn’t get counted for days – long after the result is know – usually.

I know – doesn’t work that way. But I love the immediacy of the computerised vote, and wish they were all that way. I’d also vote for having a “voting period” rather than just a single day, with this nudge-wink yes I’m busy on the actual polling day silliness.

When you go into the pre-poll, it’s funny to see the big notice taped in front of the screen saying “This is not a touchscreen”.
So then when I went to enter my votes, you know exactly what I went and did of course… D’oh.

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