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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:

What’s Your opinion?


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32 Responses to
Why you can’t waste your vote.
steveu 8:43 am 20 Aug 13

If I recall the last ACT legislative assembly, there was about a dozen votes in it.

Look at the policies of each party, and make an informed decision. But dont blindly just vote, or vote for someone who doesnt represent you (eg. rudd/abbott).

We had a hung federal parliament. First time in 70 years. If this doesnt say something about how our votes count, nothing does.

wildturkeycanoe 7:49 am 20 Aug 13

Okay, explain the Liberal Party wanting their second preferences going to Labor before the Greens? Does this mean everyone voting for the Libs is advised to change their second preference from Greens to Labor, or does that preference get changed by the party somehow? After checking the net for information, it looks as though the party makes this decision in Senate elections, so taking that choice away from voters [unless they want to number all the boxes below the line]. Stacked cards in my book and doing so in the area where all the power is too. With 13 different “parties” in Fraser for instance, how do you find out where each of the party’s preferences go? That’s a lot of research to do for every Joe under the sun, or a lot of work in filling out all those numbers when all you want is for one person to win, who cares about the rest. I have just read that QLD has different preferences by Labor because of a deal. Apart from reading the news about these first preferences, I cannot find out where the third, fourth and so on are directed. Even the party websites don’t help. Anyone else curious?

Darkfalz 5:19 am 20 Aug 13

Sadly, I haven’t voted in an election where my HOR vote made any difference. This isn’t west Sydney where 20% swings are possible. I’ll still have to walk past grubby little Andrew Leigh’s office every day on my way to work. Still, I’m almost certainly going to be a happy chappy on September 7th so I can’t complain too much. The only thing even mildly interesting will be the senate, hopefully we can Sheik-oil salesman proof the senate by ensuring this fraudulent, fainting Labor reject doesn’t get any more of a platform for his nonsense.

EvanJames 9:47 pm 19 Aug 13

I despair when I hear people say a vote for x is a vote for y, and they’ll get in on preferences, as though preferences are some wild thing out of their control.

Preferences in the House mean those crappy how to vote cards! Who uses those? Do people not understand what they are doing when they have to number all the boxes?

as for the Senate, well that’s a different kettle of fish. and it’s because of preferences that I vote below the line. It’s a bugger, especially in NSW, but I do it. It’s my vote.

I want to help my first preferences in both houses get a bit of cash, I want to send a message to the parties via the scrutineers, and the numbers too.

I have to decide, at some point, when all the desirable candidates have got a number, who goes before whom: lib before lab, or vice versa? As my vote will most likely exhaust at that point. One day, I dream that it’ll exhaust before it reaches the LibLab stooge.

I took some satisfaction in informing the most useless local member ever, Kelly, that it really irked me to put him before Hendy, but by god it’ll be a tattered battered vote by the time it reaches him. and in the Senate, I’m confident that my vote will exhaust possibly at a Green (it will have a path to travel before it gets there too), in the senate.

CraigT 9:02 pm 19 Aug 13

intaba said :

People don’t already know this stuff?

Correct.

People are stupid.

How else do you think idiots like Pyne & Abbott bank on getting votes?

intaba 8:50 pm 19 Aug 13

People don’t already know this stuff?

IrishPete 4:49 pm 19 Aug 13

watto23 said :

Although to be fair in the states they often have to vote 6 senators in and there are more nut bag parties and independents.

Indeed, just across the border in NSW more than 100 Senate candidates: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-16/senate-ballot-paper-stretches-beyond-a-metre-in-nsw/4892934

IP

davo101 4:29 pm 19 Aug 13

watto23 said :

Gungahlin Al said :

switch said :

Now explain voting “Above the Line” in the Senate.

Which I never do, nor should anyone who can reliably count past 20…

My explanation would be “Lazy”.

Although to be fair in the states they often have to vote 6 senators in and there are more nut bag parties and independents.

Yes, I’m trying to imagine how long the lines outside NSW polling stations would be if everyone chose to number 1 to 110 below the line.

switch 4:26 pm 19 Aug 13

ps Don’t forget to use with http://senate.io/senate/2013/act to get your vote the way YOU want it for Below the Line voting.

watto23 4:21 pm 19 Aug 13

Gungahlin Al said :

switch said :

Now explain voting “Above the Line” in the Senate.

Which I never do, nor should anyone who can reliably count past 20…

My explanation would be “Lazy”.

Although to be fair in the states they often have to vote 6 senators in and there are more nut bag parties and independents.

Gungahlin Al 4:09 pm 19 Aug 13

switch said :

Now explain voting “Above the Line” in the Senate.

Which I never do, nor should anyone who can reliably count past 20…

My explanation would be “Lazy”.

switch 3:38 pm 19 Aug 13

Now explain voting “Above the Line” in the Senate.

Which I never do, nor should anyone who can reliably count past 20…

Gungahlin Al 3:22 pm 19 Aug 13

Brilliant stuff!

harvyk1 3:20 pm 19 Aug 13

Robertson said :

I don’t think Tony and Kev want you to know this stuff.

Of course they don’t, because if you know about this stuff them some of their scare campaigns goes right out the window.

Of course Canberra been a safe seat you could vote for whom ever you like and we’ll still end up with a labor representative,

Robertson 2:26 pm 19 Aug 13

I don’t think Tony and Kev want you to know this stuff.

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