Topic archives: voting

Poll Bludger: Libs’ election hopes hinge on the grey vote

April 6, 2018 13

If the Liberals are going to take the fight to Labor at the next federal election, they're going to need to put the grey vote front and centre of their election strategy.

Poll Bludger: intergenerational war is the new class conflict in the UK

June 14, 2017 10

It's no longer so much a matter of rich versus poor, as old versus young, as the voting patterns from the recent UK general election suggest.

Informal votes could have swung the election

August 8, 2016 13

Informal voting is exacerbated by poor voter education.

It’s time to vote online

July 5, 2016 33

There are no good reasons left to vote by pencil.

Care about asylum seekers or climate change? Don’t vote Greens

June 23, 2016 48

Razer responds to her critics.

Sydney voting changes not the ICAC distraction Baird was hoping for

Sydney voting changes not the ICAC distraction Baird was hoping for

September 10, 2014 9

NSW Premier Mike Baird's plans to bring City of Sydney in line with City of Melbourne haven't quite worked out.

The ‘electoral reform’ song and dance in Queensland

The ‘electoral reform’ song and dance in Queensland

May 26, 2014 4

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.

A vote in every polling booth

November 13, 2013 1

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

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

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

November 7, 2013 6

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.

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

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

September 12, 2013 28

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

Byelection apathy: there’s more to the Melbourne story

Byelection apathy: there’s more to the Melbourne story

July 25, 2012 18

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?

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

February 16, 2012 46

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

Election 2010: a failure of democracy

September 27, 2010

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.

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

August 17, 2010 3

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

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

April 30, 2010

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.

Do Australians still vote along class lines?

Do Australians still vote along class lines?

April 15, 2010

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.

Steve Fielding decides if you vote or not

March 18, 2010

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.

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

March 11, 2010

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.

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

March 3, 2010

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.

What’s Australia’s real voter turnout?

December 11, 2009

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.