What comments I hear you ask…….?
For quite some time now I’ve been a constant follower of what I consider to be the ultimate ‘Blogger’; I must admit that whenever I boot up my machine and check my mail boxes, the first thing I check is are there any new posts from ‘PiedType’, most days I’m lucky. For those not familiar with PT, let me explain why.
There are times when one opens a new post and is greated by perhaps just a photograph and maybe a few words of explanation, other times it may be a cartoon that caught PT’s eye, and a droll comment may appear. When PT writes a blog it’s always to the point no fluff or padding. PT doesn’t seem to suffer the’Blogger’ syndrome; verbal diarrhoea. (I take “Gastrostop” but it doesn’t seem to help).
All that being said PT posted a political cartoon a few days ago, probably one of thousands doing the rounds in the US at this time; and reading the comments from all of the followers of PT, “I sticks me bib in for my couple of bobs worth”; (that’ll confuse them) and happened to mention our system, which I naturally enough called ‘compulsory voting’ which as all fair dinkum Aussies know is absolutely rubbish / true but with a loop hole; which I like many others have used on occasion.
Our Yankee cousins were aghast at this!
What is compulsory is the enrollment! Every eligible person over the age of 18 years must register with the Electoral Commission, an independent body, who on receipt of a new registration assigns the newcomer to hers/his correct electoral division for local,state and federal elections.
Too, it is compulsory to attend a polling station, on all polling days, and have your name marked off the ‘Roll’ and receive the Polling papers.!
Now what you do then is your own business; you can either vote for a party a person or you can just place unmarked papers in the boxes and depart. You do not have to vote per se, to attend, have your name struck off the roll is really all that’s compulsory.
I have marked my papers ‘None of these’ on occasions, also ‘Are you joking’ and ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’. These votes were counted and classed as informal!
Do I agree with compulsory voting? Yes indeed! It does get everybody to a polling station and when they get there they usually exercise their right to vote and do I believe do it honestly and diligently; of course there are a few/many who do it grudgingly but they do it, which is important to my way of thinking.
No matter what our cousins over there think, I do believe that our system is better fairer more open and honest than theirs can ever be!
And with that little lot I’ll get off me soapbox and move along to the next corner! 🙄