In Australia the Federal Election is just about to be called. Now, being a guy who likes to have his voice heard loud and clear, I know of only one real way of getting it heard is to vote. The rules around enrolling to vote have recently changed, so get in quick because as soon as the election is announced, the electoral role will close. Don’t be one of the 100,000 people who missed out last election to have their voice heard because they didn’t know the rules about enrolling to vote. So don’t waste your first time!
Now, I don’t really care who you vote for, as long as you are clear in your mind which party(s) will tackle the really big issues like climate change. I personally don’t care for budgie smugglers, promise breakers or Ginger Meggs, but hey, that is just my own unique view on things. I will be voting for a party who may be in the minority, but are actually in touch with the people and the real issues facing Australians and the world at large.
All I can say is go Green in 2010!
I have a wee problem wih how our voting system works. The party you vote for is not always where your vote actually goes. If I vote independent thats exactly where I want it to go. I don’t appreciate having my vote passed on to other paries in the preferences. Trying to work out where the preferences go is like walking through peak hour traffic blind folded.
There is also the added problem of a complete lack of people worth voting for. The Green candidate in my area wants all Sugar Cane to be used for ethanol production because sugar is bad for us. I kid you not. The rest aren’t much better.
I’ll vote but the temptation to write down The Tooth Fairy is almost overwhelming.
Darren (Green Change) says
Nevyn, it’s not difficult at all to work out where your preferences go. If your first preference has no hope of getting in, then your vote goes to your second preference. If they have no hope of getting in, then it goes to your third preference, and so on down the line until a single candidate gets >50% of the vote.
It’s actually a pretty fair process.
If you don’t want to go to all the trouble of figuring out the ordering for your preferences, then put your complete trust in your first preference and allow them to allocate the remaining preferences as they see fit.