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What do you do if you forgot to vote?

By hoolahawk 19 October 2008 28

Silly me I forgot about the bloody elections on today and at 5:59pm I rushed down to my nearest polling place to arrive @ 6:04 pm to be told It was too late the doors were going to be shut.

I suppose I was too late, but bloody hell (talk about your power trip)

Anyway does anyone know what you do if you forgot to vote, or is it just tough biccys?

Actually it’s not the paying the fine that irks me, it is if I was going to have to give about $50 or so away, I would much rather just give it to a charity that to the stinkin govt.

I think that ACT elections is a big waste of time.

Kind of reminds me of those stupid council elections when I was in NSW for a few years. A bunch of idiots rattling on about how they are going to do this or that… and when they get into power they either do the opposite to what they have said or nothing at all (and they wonder why they get upset when they are not voted in next time).

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zllauh 10:51 pm 29 Mar 15

consult a high school student for an extremely great excuse or rather pay the fine 😛

jakez 5:44 pm 12 Dec 08

hoolahawk, I love your style.

hoolahawk 5:23 pm 12 Dec 08

Hey everyone,

In a follow up to this post I received a lovely worded letter in the mail this week. Asking me to explain why I should not cough up $20 of my hard earned dollars for not voting.

I am writing to explain that as the guy I wanted voted in did not get in anyway (I checked he missed out on more that one vote)…and the guy I didn’t want in did (aka the Chief) that I should not have to pay.

sepi 12:49 pm 20 Oct 08

a nutbar in sydney tried to argue in court that in a democracy she didn’t need a driver;s license.

she lost.

Gord0 12:04 pm 20 Oct 08

fear not !

If you choose NOT to vote (as this is a democracy we should be able to CHOOSE). You will receive a mildly threatening letter asking why. If you advise you went a polling place and did indeed vote they have no way of proving otherwise and you will not be fined.

That’s $20 LESS for a oil filter for a CIAB (aka speed camera van. IAB = In A work out the C).

The fact you can still show up, give someone elses name and address and vote for them with no requirement for ID makes it all a farce anyway.

All that said.. the new electronic prepolling makes a flawed system at least much less painful and very fast. It took me longer to find parking for prepoll than actually do it.

jakez 11:43 am 20 Oct 08

Your mistake is equating democracy with freedom.

Devil_n_Disquiz 11:36 am 20 Oct 08

Would touting the fact that Australia is supposed to be a democracy suffice as an excuse ??

i.e. Democracy SHOULD equal freedom of right to vote.
Dictatorship = you WILL vote or we WILL fine you ???

emd 10:47 am 20 Oct 08

From the AEC website:

If you do not vote you will receive a letter asking for an explanation. If you have a valid reason you will not be fined.

If you do not have a valid reason, you will be given the opportunity of paying a $20 penalty. If you do not pay the penalty you may be taken to court, where the penalty is $50 plus court costs.

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