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You need to sort out your electoral enrolment right now

By johnboy - 14 July 2010 63

[First filed: Jul 13, 2010 @ 10:54]

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That for many of our younger readers RiotACT is the primary source of news is a cause of sleepless nights for me.

So we’re going to be serious for just a minute.

If you’re not enrolled to vote, or you’ve moved house since the last election, you need to sort out your enrollment. Probably today, by the end of the week at the latest.

We joke that voting doesn’t matter in the ACT, and it’s true that if you say you’re really sorry the electoral commission will probably waive the first fine.

But there are some big things to vote about that matter. Stuff like handing the internet over to a faceless committee of public servants who’ll decide what you can see and read (and already ban R18 computer games to appease authoritarian nutballs). Stuff like climate change policy, drug laws, war and peace.

Even if here in Canberra a change in sitting members is unlikely big changes in voting patterns will get noticed, policies will be modified.

But you have to enroll and once the election is called it is too late.

The ABC’s Anthony Green has an excellent piece on how to check your enrollment and how to go about voting.

Then, if you’re not enrolled, get down to the post office to fill in the paperwork.

Today.

(And then get reading, trust no-one, and form your own opinions. It’s a lot of work but it’s your future)

What’s Your opinion?


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63 Responses to
You need to sort out your electoral enrolment right now
grumpyrhonda 3:37 pm 13 Jul 10

There is a site on Canberra Connect which is very useful.

https://forms.act.gov.au/smartform/public/FormServer?formId=1038

This online form notifies the ACT Government of your change of address in relation to:

– Dog registrations
– Drivers licences
– Government housing tenancy
– Library cards
– Motor vehicle registrations
– Rates and land tax
– Senior cards
– CIT enrolment

I have used it once and have found it very helpful.

caf 3:28 pm 13 Jul 10

Not to mention that even in the safest of seats, each vote is worth about $2.50 in electoral funding to your number 1 preference (as long as they get over a couple of percent of the vote).

captainwhorebags 3:19 pm 13 Jul 10

Solidarity: it’s illegal not to be enrolled. It may mean that it’s harder for the AEC to fine you, but it’s breaking the law nonetheless.

And just so you don’t call bullshit, here’s section 101(4) from the Commonwealth Electoral Act (1918):

Subject to subsection (5A), every person who is entitled to have his
or her name placed on the Roll for any Subdivision whether by
way of enrolment or transfer of enrolment, and whose name is not
on the Roll upon the expiration of 21 days from the date upon
which the person became so entitled, or at any subsequent date
while the person continues to be so entitled, shall be guilty of an
offence unless he or she proves that the non-enrolment is not in
consequence of his or her failure to send or deliver to a Divisional
Returning Officer or an Australian Electoral Officer, a claim, duly
filled in and signed in accordance with the directions printed
thereon.

p1 3:02 pm 13 Jul 10

Solidarity said :

If you’re not enrolled, you won’t get fined. You get fined for being enrolled and not voting, not not being enrolled and not voting. Stop spreading electoral commission propaganda.

Only cause they won’t know you didn’t vote ’cause you weren’t enrolled….

I’ve been wondering a little about the big new tax on the internet (errr, filter…)

They have said they will block instructions and aids to criminal activity. Will circumventing the filter be a criminal act? If so, will they be blocking every single proxy server on the interwebs?

georgesgenitals 2:56 pm 13 Jul 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

*groan*

Can’t you just tell me which box to tick? I can’t be expected to keep up with Fox News and news.com.au.

Maybe if you could tell me which politicians are the most like which MasterChef contestants I could work it out on my own.

Perhaps we need to put the pollies through an elimination round?

Solidarity 2:32 pm 13 Jul 10

If you’re not enrolled, you won’t get fined. You get fined for being enrolled and not voting, not not being enrolled and not voting. Stop spreading electoral commission propaganda.

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:26 pm 13 Jul 10

Why do you love child pornography so much, farq?

Speaking of Japan, can I get the school uniform rebate if I just want my missus to dress up as Sailor Moon?

farq 12:38 pm 13 Jul 10

Now is also the time to start sending emails to the ALP candidates asking if they will support the Internet Filter in the next Labor caucus.

housebound 12:28 pm 13 Jul 10

verbalkint said :

So, if you live here, and you haven’t moved your enrolement details across, do it now! It may well give the ACT the level of representation it deserves and an extra politician up on the hill can only help to increase the attention that we get from the Feds.

Yeah, right.

caf 12:22 pm 13 Jul 10

The AEC has a webform that you can use to quickly check your enrolment here: https://oevf.aec.gov.au/

Fiona 12:21 pm 13 Jul 10

It’s reply paid anyway.

I checked mine just when Julia got the nod, turns out I was enrolleda t the wrong house. Price of being a renter in Canberra, so much missed mail.

And change you Medicare card address too, it counts for health funding allocation.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:03 pm 13 Jul 10

*groan*

Can’t you just tell me which box to tick? I can’t be expected to keep up with Fox News and news.com.au.

Maybe if you could tell me which politicians are the most like which MasterChef contestants I could work it out on my own.

johnboy 11:51 am 13 Jul 10

There probably isn’t time for that process now GSG. But the form at the post office already has pre-paid envelopes I believe.

verbalkint 11:45 am 13 Jul 10

Also, it is worth noting that the ACT has the largest (Canberra – 165,000) and third largest (Fraser – 158,000) electorates in the country.

The smallest electorates in the country have only 90,000 voters in them. If everyone who lived in Canberra was elrolled to vote here, these already huge electorates get too large and that might even be enough to convince the AEC that we need a third seat.

So, if you live here, and you haven’t moved your enrolement details across, do it now! It may well give the ACT the level of representation it deserves and an extra politician up on the hill can only help to increase the attention that we get from the Feds.

gospeedygo 11:45 am 13 Jul 10

With mine, I filled the form online and saved it. A little while later I received my application in the mail to sign and mail it back free even without me asking for it. Thanks Gubberment!

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