why is it compulsory to vote in australia?

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Technically it's compulsory to turn up and get your name crossed off at the voting booth (or by similar means eg postal voting or pre-polling). You can, technically speaking, turn up and get crossed off and then put in blank papers or draw on the papers etc... But most people vote. A small % don't turn up and some "donkey" vote. This varies from election to election but generally it's between about 92 and 97% turn up and vote...

    There are 3 levels of government and 3 elections for local / council / shire, state (or territory) and federal. Depending on the state / territory, elections for federal are every third year and local or state are 3 or 4 years... It's not a huge imposition to vote 3 x in 3 to 4 years...

    The theory is to ensure everyone (or as many as possible) voice their opinions. Plus look at places like the US where less than 50% (like 41 or 42%) regularly show up and there's weird stuff too about removing poor people or thousands of people from rolls at a politicians whim...

  • Cee
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    Gets the bludgers out of the house for a while.

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    You are required to attend a polling booth as it is important everyone has a vote. I get so sick of people who think they are smart for not casting their vote and just put a blank vote or donkey vote in the ballot box. Then when the government makes a controversial decision the non voter makes a smart @ssed comment that they didn't vote so it is not his fault that the government made this controversial decision. If they did not vote then they have no right to complain about any government decision.

    In the USA where voting to my belief is not compulsory I am sure all those who did not vote are the ones who criticize the government the most. If people don't vote then they should shut up and accept what they get.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Dictatorship

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Voting is NOT Compulsory but attending the Voting Booth is Once your name is crossed Off you can submit blank sheets of Voting Paper

    Our Government decided if we make attending compulsory then people will actually Vote

    In the UK Not Compulsory But Muslims go to prayer 5 times a day and always vote according to the Muftis wishes

    that is why London has a Muslim Mayor

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    It is not . You just need to get your named crossed off

  • 2 years ago

    It isn't. Voting is secret and you can vote or not vote as you see fit. What you are required to do is turn up at the polling place and have your name crossed off the list. You can do this on polling day, or you can do it at one of the pre-poll places for about two weeks before the election, or you can arrange to have a postal ballot so you can fill it out at home in your own time and then stick it in the mail.

    Council elections In NSW are held on the second Saturday in September every four years. The next is due in 2021. State elections are held on the fourth Saturday in March every four years. The next is in March 2019. Federal elections are held every three years but there is no fixed time or date. The next must be held by May 2019.

    It really isn't that much trouble for anyone to trot along to the polling place every couple of years and because most people vote while they are there, the outcome of the ballot is representative of the wishes of the people.

  • 2 years ago

    It is to hide the apathy.

  • 2 years ago

    It's an attempt to prevent demagogues (democracy functions better when there is a more involved electorate - I'm not saying that compulsory voting is necessarily a good thing, I can see reasons for and against, but the main reason for is to make it a more representative choice).

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