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Why you can’t waste your vote.

By johnboy 19 August 2013 32

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There are a lot of filthy liars polluting the internet right now with dire warnings of how not voting for the twin parties of bastardry will be a wasted vote.

YOU MUST VOTE FOR A LIZARD OR THE WRONG LIZARD WILL GET IN*

* Apologies to Douglas Adams

Thankfully Chicken Nation have produced a useful cartoon to explain how it actually works and why you might want to preference a non lizard before making your final lizard based decision at the end of your preferences.

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You only get one vote every three years. If you muff the ballot you can ask for another one. So take the damn time and don’t fret about “wasted” votes.


UPDATE: Meanwhile GetUp are explaining the Senate Game of Thrones style:

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Masquara 11:02 am 05 Sep 13

I hope AEC is paying these cartoonists, because they are doing the AEC’s job for them. Brillig!

johnboy 9:32 am 05 Sep 13

Well this page is going nuts on social media, hello to you all.

RadioVK 1:41 pm 02 Sep 13

Stevian said :

poetix said :

RadioVK said :

Vote 1 Cthulhu, why settle for the lesser Evil.

Cthulhu is the Miskatonic for all our ills.

That one I like

Me too. Poetix, I bow to your greatness.

RadioVK 1:40 pm 02 Sep 13

Stevian said :

RadioVK said :

Vote 1 Cthulhu, why settle for the lesser Evil.

Yawn, old joke, still not funny

True, but as long as the political parties keep on rolling out the same tired old jokes masquerading as policy, I reserve the right to do likewise.

Oh, and I think it’s funny, but I’m easily amused sometimes…

steveu 1:24 pm 02 Sep 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

In the end,no matter how we vote in this country, the nation as a whole is pretty much divided between Labor and Liberal, with a few going Democrats/Greens etc. Once it’s all tallied up looking at historical figures, around 60% of primary votes are against whoever gets into power. So, in our democratic system we pretty much settle for 2/3 of the nation unhappy with the outcome. Is it because the promises and policies are so much the same that nothing really separates them from each other? Then in the Senate where true power is wielded, the winners are determined by the political parties, not the electorate.
Democracy – my A$$. I can vote as hard as I want for a minor party but in the end it’ll go to one of the major two.
I used to be blase about voting, but after looking into how it works [for the first time in my life seriously], I am even less excited about the power [or lack] of my vote.
I want Family First, but can’t vote for them. That’s not fair.

I gotta agree. And we knock the Americans as they dont have compulsory voting, “oh their president got elected by 30% of the population, who bothered to turn up to vote”. Hmm.

I guess its safe to say not many people are happy with two major parties. Yet one of them will get in regardless of how we vote it seems.

Stevian 12:54 pm 02 Sep 13

poetix said :

RadioVK said :

Vote 1 Cthulhu, why settle for the lesser Evil.

Cthulhu is the Miskatonic for all our ills.

That one I like

poetix 11:37 am 02 Sep 13

RadioVK said :

Vote 1 Cthulhu, why settle for the lesser Evil.

Cthulhu is the Miskatonic for all our ills.

Stevian 10:33 am 02 Sep 13

RadioVK said :

Vote 1 Cthulhu, why settle for the lesser Evil.

Yawn, old joke, still not funny

RadioVK 9:20 am 02 Sep 13

Vote 1 Cthulhu, why settle for the lesser Evil.

dixyland 7:53 am 02 Sep 13

Personally I think it is a wasted vote if you vote for the two major parties

Gungahlin Al 1:17 pm 20 Aug 13

watto23 said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Two pieces of recommended reading from Antony Green today:
On ACT Senate preferences and possible outcomes –
http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2013/08/senate-preferences-act.html#more

On general information about voting –
http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2013/08/answers-to-some-common-questions-on-senate-voting.html

Interesting article. Especially based on the fact that many labor voters have used their vote for a greens preference first. Honestly it probably would not be a chance, except for the Zed deposing of Humphries and the drama surrounding that.

I questioned just the statement that the Greens have never come close. My recollection of the last election was that the preference distribution was very close, and at one point ot looked like Darren Churchill’s (under the defunct banner of the Democrats) choice to preference Liberals over Greens may have cost the Greens the seat. But then the postal vote put Humphries just ahead without Dems votes. If it hadn’t been so close, I doubt it would be Zed standing this time…

watto23 12:17 pm 20 Aug 13

Gungahlin Al said :

Two pieces of recommended reading from Antony Green today:
On ACT Senate preferences and possible outcomes –
http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2013/08/senate-preferences-act.html#more

On general information about voting –
http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2013/08/answers-to-some-common-questions-on-senate-voting.html

Interesting article. Especially based on the fact that many labor voters have used their vote for a greens preference first. Honestly it probably would not be a chance, except for the Zed deposing of Humphries and the drama surrounding that.

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