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Posted: 10/31/2004 9:52:02 PM EDT
I ran into a guy from Australia a couple years ago. He told me there was a fine there for not voting. If this is true, what is the purpose/advantage?

NMSight
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 9:53:15 PM EDT
Yes, its true

Voting is compulsory.


The fine isnt that much, only about $100 or so
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 9:53:55 PM EDT
I believe the motive for this would be to have only truely interested and informed voters coming to cast their vote. However, this has already been tried in America, being implemented to oppose black voting. It's highly illegal and should stay that way.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 9:54:43 PM EDT
Well, at least they dont kick you out of the town to live with the PETA people.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 9:56:27 PM EDT
Strange, we dont need any more of the uninformed out there
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 9:58:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EternallyIndebted:
I believe the motive for this would be to have only truely interested and informed voters coming to cast their vote. However, this has already been tried in America, being implemented to oppose black voting. It's highly illegal and should stay that way.



I don't remember any fines for not voting. I remember when I was a little whippersnapper that there were poll taxes in some places, literacy tests, and other methods of discouraging/preventing minorities from voting.

How does being fined for not voting bring "only truely interested and informed voters."

NMSight
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 9:59:15 PM EDT
It is law that if you are 18+ and an Australian Citizen, you must vote. I dont think it applies to Aus Citizens living overseas but they can use absentee ballots.

Everyone HAS to vote or you will be fined.

BTW, i meant 100 AUssie dollars, not US dolalrs.
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