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The ‘electoral reform’ song and dance in Queensland

The major parties are fired up about electoral reform in Queensland. But guess who benefits? The major parties, of course. Anthony Pink, data analyst and returning officer for the Queensland Greens, explains.

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A vote in every polling booth

Crikey readers talk the catch-22 of the unemployed and what the AEC should ask about voting.

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Long days, no pizza, widespread mistakes: AEC staff speak out

It’s no surprise mistakes were made in counting votes on election night, according to the Electoral Commission workers who spoke to Sally Whyte. They were overworked, undertrained and standards were slipping.

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Say no to e-voting: defending the pencils of democracy

Electronic voting is clumsy, frustrating and open to manipulation and fraud. We’ll take our trusty old pencils, thanks.

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Byelection apathy: there’s more to the Melbourne story

Barely two-thirds of voters bothered to show up to vote in last weekend’s Melbourne byelection. Was it the absence of a Liberal candidate or a general apathy and disillusionment among the electorate?

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The new electoral law that will deliver tens of millions to parties

A new bill will see tens of millions of dollars channelled to political parties in the name of democracy.

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ABC | FEDERAL|

Election 2010: a failure of democracy

1.4 million Australians are not on the electoral roll, 729,000 were enrolled but didn’t show up at the polling booths and 400,000 voted informally. Where is the outrage? asks Michael Danby.

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Star f-ckers, beer, getting frisked: voting in London is polls apart

Voting … that’s ticking all the right boxes in London, is a mostly beer-and-skittles experience, writes Crikey reader Jessica Crouch from London.

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British Medical Journal | LINKS|

It’s not what politicians say, it’s what we think they say

Studies have found that our lifestyle, genes and income affect how we sift through the effluence coming out of politicians’ mouths. Two groups of informed voters can hear the same thing very different ways.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Do Australians still vote along class lines?

Once upon a time, brickies voted Labour, bankers voted Liberal and the Greens were but a twinkle in Mother Earth’s eye. But have things really changed? Possum Comitatus looks at the data.

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ABC Unleashed | FEDERAL|

Steve Fielding decides if you vote or not

It’s madness that politicians get to decide their own electoral regulations. Now, “wild-card” Steve Fielding has power over whether thousands of young people vote, writes Dominic Knight.

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Peter Martin | FILM & TV|

Did Australia’s electoral system cost Avatar the Best Picture Oscar?

This year, the Academy Awards replaced its US-style “first-past-the-post” voting system with Australia’s preferential model. But it may have been the reason Avatar didn’t score the coveted “Best Picture” gong, explains Peter Martin.

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Blunt Instrument | FEDERAL|

Julie Bishop: Why I don’t agree with compulsory voting

Australia is out of step with most democracies by enforcing compulsory voting. If voting is a “right” then it should also be a right not to vote, writes Deputy Opposition leader Julie Bishop.

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Mumble | FEDERAL|

What’s Australia’s real voter turnout?

The paradox of automatic voter enrollment is that once we have a more comprehensive electoral roll, the official turnout rate will drop. So while we currently rank as the country with the highest voter turnout, our numbers are likely to go down. Peter Brent does the maths.

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Dust off your Smiths albums, it’s 1988 and the Australia Card all over again!

Stock up on the ammo and canned food! Bernard Keane’s conspiracy theories on electoral reforms are flat out wrong, says Peter Brent.

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Online Opinion | FEDERAL|

Sweet sixteen and never been polled

It’s absurd to claim 16 year olds are not capable of having political opinions and voting on them, says Hugh Jorgensen

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Sweet sixteen: no vote for you

If 16 years olds are allowed to vote, then it opens the flood gates for gambling, violence, porn and drinking at 16. Our compulsory voting comes with great responsibility, writes Kenneth Wiltshire.

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Vote now for radical reforms to Australia’s electoral system

The Government is taking submissions on some wide-ranging reforms to Australia’s electoral systems, including letting non-citizens vote, removing “truth in advertising” requirements for campaigns, and ending mandatory voting. Have your say.

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Illiterate, but formal: small miracle of democracy blooms in FNQ

In Queensland’s election, somehow polling booths that should represent some of the country’s least literate voters returned informal vote numbers that were among the country’s lowest. What’s going on?

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Essential Report: what if Turnbull joined the ALP?

Some interesting questions in the latest Essential Report, says Possum. Like how close together people perceive Australia’s two political parties to be — and whether people would care if Malcolm Turnbull swung left.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Should 16-year-olds vote?

Should 16- and 17-year-olds vote? The recommendation could be made in the Rudd government’s second electoral green paper later this year. Senior Liberals are sceptical.

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Ars Technica | EUROPE|

Irish opt for paper ballots over e-voting

Chalk one up for AEC-style old skool pen-and-paper voting: Ireland are scrapping their e-voting system and going back to paper ballots.

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