Originally Posted by tommyt
A question for you on the expectation, and incentive, to vote. Does it result in people being more inofrmed on their vote as a result? This is just an informational question for my data bank on your system.
The idea of incenting people to vote in the US has been floated before. I cannot ever see it happening here based on our freedoms. However, my biggest concern would be the attitude of those that were forced to vote. Not being informed, not caring!
Because this system has been with us for over a hundred years most Australians are quite used to it and is doesn't appear to be viewed with any resentment. Harsh reality is , of course , that most voters cast their vote for one particular party , have always done so and will always do so. It's that bloc of maybe 05 - 10 % of voters who swing (no not talking about apes or the kind of party I sadly don't get invited to) that will decide every election. Generally speaking the swinging voters in this country do appear to be relatively well informed albeit with a heavy bias one way or the other depending on which maniacal talk back radio wanker they listen to or based on whether or not the newspaper they read is owned by the Dirty Digger or not.
In defence of the system , it has to be said that except for one memorable occasion (dismissed by all and sundry as sour grapes) the result of any election down here is unlikely to be questioned re vote rigging. We have had a few instances where electoral boundaries have been so distorted as to virtually guarantee victory for one of the parties but even that is pretty much sorted due to an independent electoral commission that now exists. Sadly for some a sheeps vote is not what it once was.
Final point , Australian elections are always held on a Saturday. Given that Saturday is not, for most of us a work day, very few people have to take time off of work to go and vote and there is postal voting available for those who cannot make it to the polling booth. Perhaps this is also the way it works for the US , I don't know.
ps - sadly all of the above does not save us from having a pretenious little ******** who wouldn't know how to lie straight in bed , elected to be Prime Minister four times since 1996. Next election is later this year and there is a 50 - 50 chance he will be re elected again. AHHHHH !!!
Bitter ? Me ? No a bit of it.
The wankers name is Howard, I believe he might have made some impression in the US media this week.