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compulsory: lazyshoes: libertarirynn: julad: thisdiscontentedwinter: salparadisewasright: sapphicdalliances: jonpertwee: hamfistedbunvendor: jonpertwee: I feel like this would be a slippery slope towards making it illegal for people to choose to not vote. that’s already how it is in australia That’s just so fucked up. :( Do certain medical conditions exempt you? ?????? why is it be fucked up to have compulsory voting? that’s the way it is in most democratic countries? it’s a part of being a citizen, like paying taxes and obeying speed limits? the fine for not voting is only like $50 and because of the compulsory voting law, our country bends over backwards to make it accessible: it’s always on a weekend, lasts most of the day, and is set up at schools and community centers so there’s one within easy reach of almost everybody. you can also mail your ballot or vote early if you’ll be out of the country on the day. like, IT’S EASY TO VOTE, and the penalty isn’t even that ridiculous. i don’t understand why the usa doesn’t have this, except obviously it would make it harder to literally stop minorities from voting. I think we Americans tend to forget that a lot of other countries don’t actively work to make it harder to vote. Adding to this here, in Australia you don’t have to vote. Or, more precisely, there’s no way they can tell if you ruined your ballot. You have to turn up, get your name marked off, but you can put a line through the ballot if you don’t think any of the candidates are worth voting for. Or do this:  Or this:  Or this:  You have get your name crossed off (if you don’t want to wear the fine), but you don’t have to make your vote counted if you’re opposed to it.  And it is so, so easy to vote. Stuck at work or on holidays? That’s fine. Do a postal vote.  Stuck in hospital? That’s fine. They’ll go to you. Stuck in an old people’s home and can’t get around? Again, they’ll go to you. It’s amazing to me that it’s so hard for so many Americans to actually vote. If you make it compulsory, than at least the government is obligated to provide you with the means to vote.  And look, I get it. Sometimes I don’t want to vote either. But I suck it up, I walk three minutes down the street, and I hope that this year they’re selling lamingtons again. Oh, and I buy a democracy sausage, which, even if all the candidates suck, makes the effort of turning up pretty worthwhile.  ALSO, you can see even on the fucked up ballots that you NUMBER CANDIDATES IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. There’s no need to calculate whether I would be throwing away my vote on the candidate that I most agree with if they’re not from a major party. I can say, I want that independent person to get in, but if not them, give me Big Party A, and if not them, that minor party person is still better that Big Party B, and I’m not giving any preference to the Lunatic Fringe Party. Our system certainly has some issues still, but I can show up to somewhere nearby, line up for a few minutes (if at all), vote exactly in line with my values (on paper, leaving a paper trail that can be recounted), and then buy a sausage and some home made cupcakes on my way out. A country’s voting system matters a hell of a lot and every citizen deserves one that makes it easy to vote and results in a government that is representational and accountable. And by the way, one time I had a bad asthma flare-up on Election Day and didn’t make it to my polling station. I got my fine in the mail, I filled out the form explaining why I couldn’t vote, no more fine. I would rather have, you know, expressed my preference for who should run my country, but they were cool with the fact that I couldn’t do it that day. I still don’t like the idea that I have to vote if I don’t want to. Why the hell should that be mandatory? Because it forces people to participate in deciding how their country is run, which is a good thing. It also forces the government to hear your opinion, which is a good thing. You can still protest the candidates by throwing away your vote, but then you have to acknowledge the fact that you decided to not to care enough to pick your favorite candidate. “Because it forces people to participate in deciding how their country is run, which is a good thing.”>Implying that we actually have any say in how the country is run
compulsory: lazyshoes:

libertarirynn:

julad:
thisdiscontentedwinter:

salparadisewasright:

sapphicdalliances:

jonpertwee:

hamfistedbunvendor:


jonpertwee:
I feel like this would be a slippery slope towards making it illegal for people to choose to not vote.
that’s already how it is in australia


That’s just so fucked up. :( Do certain medical conditions exempt you?

?????? why is it be fucked up to have compulsory voting? that’s the way it is in most democratic countries? it’s a part of being a citizen, like paying taxes and obeying speed limits? the fine for not voting is only like $50 and because of the compulsory voting law, our country bends over backwards to make it accessible: it’s always on a weekend, lasts most of the day, and is set up at schools and community centers so there’s one within easy reach of almost everybody. you can also mail your ballot or vote early if you’ll be out of the country on the day. like, IT’S EASY TO VOTE, and the penalty isn’t even that ridiculous. i don’t understand why the usa doesn’t have this, except obviously it would make it harder to literally stop minorities from voting.

I think we Americans tend to forget that a lot of other countries don’t actively work to make it harder to vote.

Adding to this here, in Australia you don’t have to vote. Or, more precisely, there’s no way they can tell if you ruined your ballot. You have to turn up, get your name marked off, but you can put a line through the ballot if you don’t think any of the candidates are worth voting for. Or do this: 
Or this: 

Or this: 
You have get your name crossed off (if you don’t want to wear the fine), but you don’t have to make your vote counted if you’re opposed to it. 
And it is so, so easy to vote. Stuck at work or on holidays? That’s fine. Do a postal vote.  Stuck in hospital? That’s fine. They’ll go to you. Stuck in an old people’s home and can’t get around? Again, they’ll go to you. It’s amazing to me that it’s so hard for so many Americans to actually vote. If you make it compulsory, than at least the government is obligated to provide you with the means to vote. 
And look, I get it. Sometimes I don’t want to vote either. But I suck it up, I walk three minutes down the street, and I hope that this year they’re selling lamingtons again. Oh, and I buy a democracy sausage, which, even if all the candidates suck, makes the effort of turning up pretty worthwhile. 

ALSO, you can see even on the fucked up ballots that you NUMBER  CANDIDATES IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. There’s no need to calculate whether I would be throwing away my vote on the candidate that I most agree with if they’re not from a major party. I can say, I want that independent person to get in, but if not them, give me Big Party A, and if not them, that minor party person is still better that Big Party B, and I’m not giving any preference to the Lunatic Fringe Party. 
Our system certainly has some issues still, but I can show up to somewhere nearby, line up for a few minutes (if at all), vote exactly in line with my values (on paper, leaving a paper trail that can be recounted), and then buy a sausage and some home made cupcakes on my way out. 
A country’s voting system matters a hell of a lot and every citizen deserves one that makes it easy to vote and results in a government that is representational and accountable. 
And by the way, one time I had a bad asthma flare-up on Election Day and didn’t make it to my polling station. I got my fine in the mail, I filled out the form explaining why I couldn’t vote, no more fine. I would rather have, you know, expressed my preference for who should run my country, but they were cool with the fact that I couldn’t do it that day.



I still don’t like the idea that I have to vote if I don’t want to. Why the hell should that be mandatory?


Because it forces people to participate in deciding how their country is run, which is a good thing. It also forces the government to hear your opinion, which is a good thing. You can still protest the candidates by throwing away your vote, but then you have to acknowledge the fact that you decided to not to care enough to pick your favorite candidate. 


“Because it forces people to participate in deciding how their country is run, which is a good thing.”>Implying that we actually have any say in how the country is run

lazyshoes: libertarirynn: julad: thisdiscontentedwinter: salparadisewasright: sapphicdalliances: jonpertwee: hamfistedbunvendor:...

compulsory: julad: thisdiscontentedwinter: salparadisewasright: sapphicdalliances: jonpertwee: hamfistedbunvendor: jonpertwee: I feel like this would be a slippery slope towards making it illegal for people to choose to not vote. that’s already how it is in australia That’s just so fucked up. :( Do certain medical conditions exempt you? ?????? why is it be fucked up to have compulsory voting? that’s the way it is in most democratic countries? it’s a part of being a citizen, like paying taxes and obeying speed limits? the fine for not voting is only like $50 and because of the compulsory voting law, our country bends over backwards to make it accessible: it’s always on a weekend, lasts most of the day, and is set up at schools and community centers so there’s one within easy reach of almost everybody. you can also mail your ballot or vote early if you’ll be out of the country on the day. like, IT’S EASY TO VOTE, and the penalty isn’t even that ridiculous. i don’t understand why the usa doesn’t have this, except obviously it would make it harder to literally stop minorities from voting. I think we Americans tend to forget that a lot of other countries don’t actively work to make it harder to vote. Adding to this here, in Australia you don’t have to vote. Or, more precisely, there’s no way they can tell if you ruined your ballot. You have to turn up, get your name marked off, but you can put a line through the ballot if you don’t think any of the candidates are worth voting for. Or do this:  Or this:  Or this:  You have get your name crossed off (if you don’t want to wear the fine), but you don’t have to make your vote counted if you’re opposed to it.  And it is so, so easy to vote. Stuck at work or on holidays? That’s fine. Do a postal vote.  Stuck in hospital? That’s fine. They’ll go to you. Stuck in an old people’s home and can’t get around? Again, they’ll go to you. It’s amazing to me that it’s so hard for so many Americans to actually vote. If you make it compulsory, than at least the government is obligated to provide you with the means to vote.  And look, I get it. Sometimes I don’t want to vote either. But I suck it up, I walk three minutes down the street, and I hope that this year they’re selling lamingtons again. Oh, and I buy a democracy sausage, which, even if all the candidates suck, makes the effort of turning up pretty worthwhile.  ALSO, you can see even on the fucked up ballots that you NUMBER CANDIDATES IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. There’s no need to calculate whether I would be throwing away my vote on the candidate that I most agree with if they’re not from a major party. I can say, I want that independent person to get in, but if not them, give me Big Party A, and if not them, that minor party person is still better that Big Party B, and I’m not giving any preference to the Lunatic Fringe Party. Our system certainly has some issues still, but I can show up to somewhere nearby, line up for a few minutes (if at all), vote exactly in line with my values (on paper, leaving a paper trail that can be recounted), and then buy a sausage and some home made cupcakes on my way out. A country’s voting system matters a hell of a lot and every citizen deserves one that makes it easy to vote and results in a government that is representational and accountable. And by the way, one time I had a bad asthma flare-up on Election Day and didn’t make it to my polling station. I got my fine in the mail, I filled out the form explaining why I couldn’t vote, no more fine. I would rather have, you know, expressed my preference for who should run my country, but they were cool with the fact that I couldn’t do it that day. I still don’t like the idea that I have to vote if I don’t want to. Why the hell should that be mandatory?
compulsory: julad:
thisdiscontentedwinter:

salparadisewasright:

sapphicdalliances:

jonpertwee:

hamfistedbunvendor:


jonpertwee:
I feel like this would be a slippery slope towards making it illegal for people to choose to not vote.
that’s already how it is in australia


That’s just so fucked up. :( Do certain medical conditions exempt you?

?????? why is it be fucked up to have compulsory voting? that’s the way it is in most democratic countries? it’s a part of being a citizen, like paying taxes and obeying speed limits? the fine for not voting is only like $50 and because of the compulsory voting law, our country bends over backwards to make it accessible: it’s always on a weekend, lasts most of the day, and is set up at schools and community centers so there’s one within easy reach of almost everybody. you can also mail your ballot or vote early if you’ll be out of the country on the day. like, IT’S EASY TO VOTE, and the penalty isn’t even that ridiculous. i don’t understand why the usa doesn’t have this, except obviously it would make it harder to literally stop minorities from voting.

I think we Americans tend to forget that a lot of other countries don’t actively work to make it harder to vote.

Adding to this here, in Australia you don’t have to vote. Or, more precisely, there’s no way they can tell if you ruined your ballot. You have to turn up, get your name marked off, but you can put a line through the ballot if you don’t think any of the candidates are worth voting for. Or do this: 
Or this: 

Or this: 
You have get your name crossed off (if you don’t want to wear the fine), but you don’t have to make your vote counted if you’re opposed to it. 
And it is so, so easy to vote. Stuck at work or on holidays? That’s fine. Do a postal vote.  Stuck in hospital? That’s fine. They’ll go to you. Stuck in an old people’s home and can’t get around? Again, they’ll go to you. It’s amazing to me that it’s so hard for so many Americans to actually vote. If you make it compulsory, than at least the government is obligated to provide you with the means to vote. 
And look, I get it. Sometimes I don’t want to vote either. But I suck it up, I walk three minutes down the street, and I hope that this year they’re selling lamingtons again. Oh, and I buy a democracy sausage, which, even if all the candidates suck, makes the effort of turning up pretty worthwhile. 

ALSO, you can see even on the fucked up ballots that you NUMBER  CANDIDATES IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. There’s no need to calculate whether I would be throwing away my vote on the candidate that I most agree with if they’re not from a major party. I can say, I want that independent person to get in, but if not them, give me Big Party A, and if not them, that minor party person is still better that Big Party B, and I’m not giving any preference to the Lunatic Fringe Party. 
Our system certainly has some issues still, but I can show up to somewhere nearby, line up for a few minutes (if at all), vote exactly in line with my values (on paper, leaving a paper trail that can be recounted), and then buy a sausage and some home made cupcakes on my way out. 
A country’s voting system matters a hell of a lot and every citizen deserves one that makes it easy to vote and results in a government that is representational and accountable. 
And by the way, one time I had a bad asthma flare-up on Election Day and didn’t make it to my polling station. I got my fine in the mail, I filled out the form explaining why I couldn’t vote, no more fine. I would rather have, you know, expressed my preference for who should run my country, but they were cool with the fact that I couldn’t do it that day.



I still don’t like the idea that I have to vote if I don’t want to. Why the hell should that be mandatory?

julad: thisdiscontentedwinter: salparadisewasright: sapphicdalliances: jonpertwee: hamfistedbunvendor: jonpertwee: I feel like this...

compulsory: One year ago, this brave woman, Vida Movahed, removed her hijab in one of the busiest streets in Iran and started a movement against compulsory hijab thats still going strong today
compulsory: One year ago, this brave woman, Vida Movahed, removed her hijab in one of the busiest streets in Iran and started a movement against compulsory hijab thats still going strong today

One year ago, this brave woman, Vida Movahed, removed her hijab in one of the busiest streets in Iran and started a movement against comp...

compulsory: <p><a href="http://eltigrechico.tumblr.com/post/175185913664/yes-siree-dodd-eltigrechico-yes-siree-dodd" class="tumblr_blog">eltigrechico</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://yes-siree-dodd.tumblr.com/post/175185022203/eltigrechico-yes-siree-dodd-teacher-fed-up" class="tumblr_blog">yes-siree-dodd</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://eltigrechico.tumblr.com/post/175184188599/yes-siree-dodd-teacher-fed-up-with-students" class="tumblr_blog">eltigrechico</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://yes-siree-dodd.tumblr.com/post/175183757158/teacher-fed-up-with-students-swearing-stealing" class="tumblr_blog">yes-siree-dodd</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Teacher Fed Up With Students Swearing, Stealing, And Destroying Property…</p> <p>What you think <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mBCySnKVUc__OyL5RJV58Pg">@eltigrechico</a> ?</p> </blockquote> <p>She’s wasting her time. She should quit that job. All the incentives built into the structure of the gun-run school system demanded the outcome she is complaining about.</p> </blockquote> <p><a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mBCySnKVUc__OyL5RJV58Pg">@eltigrechico</a> Would you care to elaborate a bit more?</p> </blockquote> <p>The kids are forced there whether or not they have the aptitude or the interest. Because the schools are compulsory. The kids are taught in groups segregated by age rather than by more relevant factors, because of the nature of schooling. The teachers get paid based on criteria that are unrelated to their or their students performance, because they are in teachers unions and work for the state. The parents have only extremely limited and highly cost prohibitive “choices” in their child’s education because the system is socialized rather than market-based. The administrators’ goals and plans are based around political objectives, because they are government bureaucrats. </p> <p>When the kids don’t want to be there, acting out is only natural. When the kids are grouped together, even on kid’s acting out hurts everybody’s learning. When the teachers are paid based on their seniority or the strength of that particular state’s teacher’s union, they have little incentive to fix this problem. Even those that want to fix it will find they have no administrative support, because the administrators are not businesspeople, they are bureaucrats. Therefore, their role is not to fix problems in order to maximize profits, but to enforce policies, without regard for the consequences. The parents might hate these policies, which are created for political ends, but they find that don’t have any power to change them or find alternatives, because the schooling system is so removed from market forces that consumer sovereignty has been replaced by a captive consumer. </p> <p>And so nobody is satisfied, everybody sends their complaints up the chain, nothing gets resolved, and the wheels on the bus go round and round.</p> </blockquote> <p>I wish this weren’t painfully accurate.</p>
compulsory: <p><a href="http://eltigrechico.tumblr.com/post/175185913664/yes-siree-dodd-eltigrechico-yes-siree-dodd" class="tumblr_blog">eltigrechico</a>:</p>
<blockquote>
<p><a href="http://yes-siree-dodd.tumblr.com/post/175185022203/eltigrechico-yes-siree-dodd-teacher-fed-up" class="tumblr_blog">yes-siree-dodd</a>:</p>
<blockquote>
<p><a href="http://eltigrechico.tumblr.com/post/175184188599/yes-siree-dodd-teacher-fed-up-with-students" class="tumblr_blog">eltigrechico</a>:</p>
<blockquote>
<p><a href="http://yes-siree-dodd.tumblr.com/post/175183757158/teacher-fed-up-with-students-swearing-stealing" class="tumblr_blog">yes-siree-dodd</a>:</p>
<blockquote>
<p>Teacher Fed Up With Students Swearing, Stealing, And Destroying Property…</p>
<p>What you think <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mBCySnKVUc__OyL5RJV58Pg">@eltigrechico</a> ?</p>
</blockquote>
<p>She’s wasting her time. She should quit that job. All the incentives built into the structure of the gun-run school system demanded the outcome she is complaining about.</p>
</blockquote>
<p><a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mBCySnKVUc__OyL5RJV58Pg">@eltigrechico</a> Would you care to elaborate a bit more?</p>
</blockquote>
<p>The kids are forced there whether or not they have the aptitude or the interest. Because the schools are compulsory. The kids are taught in groups segregated by age rather than by more relevant factors, because of the nature of schooling. The teachers get paid based on criteria that are unrelated to their or their students performance, because they are in teachers unions and work for the state. The parents have only extremely limited and highly cost prohibitive “choices” in their child’s education because the system is socialized rather than market-based. The administrators’ goals and plans are based around political objectives, because they are government bureaucrats. </p>
<p>When the kids don’t want to be there, acting out is only natural. When the kids are grouped together, even on kid’s acting out hurts everybody’s learning. When the teachers are paid based on their seniority or the strength of that particular state’s teacher’s union, they have little incentive to fix this problem. Even those that want to fix it will find they have no administrative support, because the administrators are not businesspeople, they are bureaucrats. Therefore, their role is not to fix problems in order to maximize profits, but to enforce policies, without regard for the consequences. The parents might hate these policies, which are created for political ends, but they find that don’t have any power to change them or find alternatives, because the schooling system is so removed from market forces that consumer sovereignty has been replaced by a captive consumer. </p>
<p>And so nobody is satisfied, everybody sends their complaints up the chain, nothing gets resolved, and the wheels on the bus go round and round.</p>
</blockquote>

<p>I wish this weren’t painfully accurate.</p>

<p><a href="http://eltigrechico.tumblr.com/post/175185913664/yes-siree-dodd-eltigrechico-yes-siree-dodd" class="tumblr_blog">eltigrechico...

compulsory: Joy Reid @JoyAnnReid Automatic voter registration at age 18 would be the single most powerful anti vote suppression tool. Particularly if it was national batmanisagatewaydrug: julad: thisdiscontentedwinter: salparadisewasright: sapphicdalliances: jonpertwee: hamfistedbunvendor: jonpertwee: I feel like this would be a slippery slope towards making it illegal for people to choose to not vote. that’s already how it is in australia That’s just so fucked up. :( Do certain medical conditions exempt you? ?????? why is it be fucked up to have compulsory voting? that’s the way it is in most democratic countries? it’s a part of being a citizen, like paying taxes and obeying speed limits? the fine for not voting is only like $50 and because of the compulsory voting law, our country bends over backwards to make it accessible: it’s always on a weekend, lasts most of the day, and is set up at schools and community centers so there’s one within easy reach of almost everybody. you can also mail your ballot or vote early if you’ll be out of the country on the day. like, IT’S EASY TO VOTE, and the penalty isn’t even that ridiculous. i don’t understand why the usa doesn’t have this, except obviously it would make it harder to literally stop minorities from voting. I think we Americans tend to forget that a lot of other countries don’t actively work to make it harder to vote. Adding to this here, in Australia you don’t have to vote. Or, more precisely, there’s no way they can tell if you ruined your ballot. You have to turn up, get your name marked off, but you can put a line through the ballot if you don’t think any of the candidates are worth voting for. Or do this:  Or this:  Or this:  You have get your name crossed off (if you don’t want to wear the fine), but you don’t have to make your vote counted if you’re opposed to it.  And it is so, so easy to vote. Stuck at work or on holidays? That’s fine. Do a postal vote.  Stuck in hospital? That’s fine. They’ll go to you. Stuck in an old people’s home and can’t get around? Again, they’ll go to you. It’s amazing to me that it’s so hard for so many Americans to actually vote. If you make it compulsory, than at least the government is obligated to provide you with the means to vote.  And look, I get it. Sometimes I don’t want to vote either. But I suck it up, I walk three minutes down the street, and I hope that this year they’re selling lamingtons again. Oh, and I buy a democracy sausage, which, even if all the candidates suck, makes the effort of turning up pretty worthwhile.  ALSO, you can see even on the fucked up ballots that you NUMBER CANDIDATES IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. There’s no need to calculate whether I would be throwing away my vote on the candidate that I most agree with if they’re not from a major party. I can say, I want that independent person to get in, but if not them, give me Big Party A, and if not them, that minor party person is still better that Big Party B, and I’m not giving any preference to the Lunatic Fringe Party. Our system certainly has some issues still, but I can show up to somewhere nearby, line up for a few minutes (if at all), vote exactly in line with my values (on paper, leaving a paper trail that can be recounted), and then buy a sausage and some home made cupcakes on my way out. A country’s voting system matters a hell of a lot and every citizen deserves one that makes it easy to vote and results in a government that is representational and accountable. And by the way, one time I had a bad asthma flare-up on Election Day and didn’t make it to my polling station. I got my fine in the mail, I filled out the form explaining why I couldn’t vote, no more fine. I would rather have, you know, expressed my preference for who should run my country, but they were cool with the fact that I couldn’t do it that day. “oh no, what if people actually have to participate in picking the government officials who will impact their lives” jesus christ
compulsory: Joy Reid
 @JoyAnnReid
 Automatic voter registration at
 age 18 would be the single most
 powerful anti vote suppression
 tool. Particularly if it was national
batmanisagatewaydrug:

julad:

thisdiscontentedwinter:

salparadisewasright:

sapphicdalliances:

jonpertwee:

hamfistedbunvendor:


jonpertwee:
I feel like this would be a slippery slope towards making it illegal for people to choose to not vote.
that’s already how it is in australia


That’s just so fucked up. :( Do certain medical conditions exempt you?

?????? why is it be fucked up to have compulsory voting? that’s the way it is in most democratic countries? it’s a part of being a citizen, like paying taxes and obeying speed limits? the fine for not voting is only like $50 and because of the compulsory voting law, our country bends over backwards to make it accessible: it’s always on a weekend, lasts most of the day, and is set up at schools and community centers so there’s one within easy reach of almost everybody. you can also mail your ballot or vote early if you’ll be out of the country on the day. like, IT’S EASY TO VOTE, and the penalty isn’t even that ridiculous. i don’t understand why the usa doesn’t have this, except obviously it would make it harder to literally stop minorities from voting.

I think we Americans tend to forget that a lot of other countries don’t actively work to make it harder to vote.

Adding to this here, in Australia you don’t have to vote. Or, more precisely, there’s no way they can tell if you ruined your ballot. You have to turn up, get your name marked off, but you can put a line through the ballot if you don’t think any of the candidates are worth voting for. Or do this: 
Or this: 

Or this: 
You have get your name crossed off (if you don’t want to wear the fine), but you don’t have to make your vote counted if you’re opposed to it. 
And it is so, so easy to vote. Stuck at work or on holidays? That’s fine. Do a postal vote.  Stuck in hospital? That’s fine. They’ll go to you. Stuck in an old people’s home and can’t get around? Again, they’ll go to you. It’s amazing to me that it’s so hard for so many Americans to actually vote. If you make it compulsory, than at least the government is obligated to provide you with the means to vote. 
And look, I get it. Sometimes I don’t want to vote either. But I suck it up, I walk three minutes down the street, and I hope that this year they’re selling lamingtons again. Oh, and I buy a democracy sausage, which, even if all the candidates suck, makes the effort of turning up pretty worthwhile. 

ALSO, you can see even on the fucked up ballots that you NUMBER  CANDIDATES IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. There’s no need to calculate whether I would be throwing away my vote on the candidate that I most agree with if they’re not from a major party. I can say, I want that independent person to get in, but if not them, give me Big Party A, and if not them, that minor party person is still better that Big Party B, and I’m not giving any preference to the Lunatic Fringe Party. 
Our system certainly has some issues still, but I can show up to somewhere nearby, line up for a few minutes (if at all), vote exactly in line with my values (on paper, leaving a paper trail that can be recounted), and then buy a sausage and some home made cupcakes on my way out. 
A country’s voting system matters a hell of a lot and every citizen deserves one that makes it easy to vote and results in a government that is representational and accountable. 
And by the way, one time I had a bad asthma flare-up on Election Day and didn’t make it to my polling station. I got my fine in the mail, I filled out the form explaining why I couldn’t vote, no more fine. I would rather have, you know, expressed my preference for who should run my country, but they were cool with the fact that I couldn’t do it that day.

“oh no, what if people actually have to participate in picking the government officials who will impact their lives” jesus christ

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compulsory: Hey Australia! your vote for EQUAL MARRIAGE MUST be received by TUESDAY NOVEMBER 02017 FYBG fuckyeahbiguys: leveragehunters: kimmi-watch: yayyglitterr: fuckyeahbiguys: Australia is holding a postal vote for marriage equality! You should receive your ballot by mail from the Australian Bureau of Statistics no later than September 25. The survey asks one question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Your YES! vote is due to the ABS in the prepaid envelope no later than November 7 at 6pm, so it should be put in the post by October 27! If you haven’t received your ballot by September 25, you can call 1800-572-113.  More information, including how to vote if you’re overseas, is at the official Marriage Survey website: https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au …and remember, including glitter with your vote will invalidate it! AS AN AUSTRALIAN PERSON IN THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY WHO IS TOO YOUNG TO VOTE PLEASE VOTE YES FOR THOSE WHO CANT THIS IS SO IMPORTANT ANYONE WHO IS AUSTRALIAN AND IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE PLEASE DO!!!!!! Got my one today. Ticked yes immediately and put it right in the envelope, sealed, all ready to be sent off tomorrow morning! Please do the same. Reblogging of course, because you have to vote and vote yes. Anything else is doom to Australia ever having marriage equality in some sort of timely fashion. But, having read the comments/notes, I want to clear up some misunderstanding. This is not a vote for granting Australians marriage equality. If the majority of Australia votes yes it does not guarantee marriage equality. This is a tax payer funded non-compulsory (NB: Australia has compulsory voting for actual votes) postal survey (a plebiscite) because the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcom Turnbull, is a moral coward who won’t do his job. And because it’s not a vote the electoral advertising rules don’t apply, which has left the bigoted ‘No’ arseholes free to spew hate and lies, which Ol Turnbull knew would happen, because enough people told him. And if you don’t want to reblog with my addition, please go and reblog from the source. If you haven’t received your ballot by mail yet, you can request a replacement here: https://www4.abs.gov.au/web/survey.nsf/amlpspprenqform If you’re an overseas Australian, you can request an internet access code to vote here: https://www4.abs.gov.au/web/survey.nsf/AMLPSSACEnqForm Replacement ballots and internet access codes have to be requested by Friday, 20 October 2017 (6pm local time)!
compulsory: Hey Australia!

 your vote for
 EQUAL MARRIAGE
 MUST
 be received by
 TUESDAY
 NOVEMBER
 02017 FYBG
fuckyeahbiguys:

leveragehunters:

kimmi-watch:

yayyglitterr:

fuckyeahbiguys:

Australia is holding a postal vote for marriage equality!
You should receive your ballot by mail from the Australian Bureau of Statistics no later than September 25. The survey asks one question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
Your YES! vote is due to the ABS in the prepaid envelope no later than November 7 at 6pm, so it should be put in the post by October 27!
If you haven’t received your ballot by September 25, you can call 1800-572-113. 
More information, including how to vote if you’re overseas, is at the official Marriage Survey website: https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au
…and remember, including glitter with your vote will invalidate it!

AS AN AUSTRALIAN PERSON IN THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY WHO IS TOO YOUNG TO VOTE PLEASE VOTE YES FOR THOSE WHO CANT THIS IS SO IMPORTANT ANYONE WHO IS AUSTRALIAN AND IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE PLEASE DO!!!!!!

Got my one today. Ticked yes immediately and put it right in the envelope, sealed, all ready to be sent off tomorrow morning! Please do the same.

Reblogging of course, because you have to vote and vote yes. Anything else is doom to Australia ever having marriage equality in some sort of timely fashion. But, having read the comments/notes, I want to clear up some misunderstanding. This is not a vote for granting Australians marriage equality. If the majority of Australia votes yes it does not guarantee marriage equality. This is a tax payer funded non-compulsory (NB: Australia has compulsory voting for actual votes) postal survey (a plebiscite) because the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcom Turnbull, is a moral coward who won’t do his job. And because it’s not a vote the electoral advertising rules don’t apply, which has left the bigoted ‘No’ arseholes free to spew hate and lies, which Ol Turnbull knew would happen, because enough people told him.
And if you don’t want to reblog with my addition, please go and reblog from the source.

If you haven’t received your ballot by mail yet, you can request a replacement here: https://www4.abs.gov.au/web/survey.nsf/amlpspprenqform
If you’re an overseas Australian, you can request an internet access code to vote here: https://www4.abs.gov.au/web/survey.nsf/AMLPSSACEnqForm
Replacement ballots and internet access codes have to be requested by Friday, 20 October 2017 (6pm local time)!

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