are you enrolled?

Hands1.gifThe State Election is truly heating up now that we’ve less than a month before that fateful day – November 25…….

I can’t wait for the ground breaking policies and programs that are to be released in the coming weeks.

The war chest has been dragged out of the basement of Treasury and the goodies are to be handed out left, right and centre….and the Opposition? Well, they have their hypothetical war chest…..

Colin has made a few comments about the Fare fights, which is quite topical for our readers and authors alike.

One of my favourite things about elections are the sound bites – keep an ear out for some good ones!

But before we start on a few weeks of commentary, I thought I might remind you that you have until the 7th of November to enrol…..are you enrolled?

If your over 18yrs, an Australian Citizen and have a Victorian address you’re eligible to vote.

It’s compulsory to enrol if you’ve lived at your address for more than a month – WHAT?!?! I hear our US friends exclaim…..yup, it’s compulsory here downunder!

You do actually get fined if you ARE enrolled and you don’t vote……um, so if I don’t enrol and I don’t vote I’m okay yeah?

Well, elections and voting are somewhat fundamental to democracy……in a few countries people fight and die for the privilege to get to the voting booths.

And whoever happens to win on the 25th will be the ones that shape your immediate world and have the freedom to play with your tax dollars for the next few years.

Your call.

Enrol to vote

11 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 9:04 am

    Whats the fine for not voting?

  2. squirt (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    What is the penalty for not enrolling?

  3. neomien (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    Okay so here are a few monetary penalties….I have no idea how they came up with this….maybe it’s ex GST….but then….IS there GST on voting…..???

    Non voting when enrolled – is $53.71

    Not enrolling or updating your current address – is $107.43

    (don’t ask me how they find you….cause the info guy couldn’t tell me)

  4. neomien (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    @ squirt, logically (okay, this IS my view of it – and NOT directed at anyone in particular)if you don’t enrol or don’t vote and are eligible……you do kind of wave all your rights of carping on about the state of things….cause it was in YOUR hands….and in the hands of all Victorians.

    Having said that it’s up to the individual, all I can come back to is that – it is YOUR tax bucks…..YOUR state……YOUR life…..

    Hmmmm, yeah – neo does get a little het up about this…..

  5. squirt (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    If it is really just the tax dollars, then everyone who pays tax should be allowed to vote … especially permanent resident holders.

  6. Laurie (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 6:52 am

    If I enroll to vote, and don’t show up do I still get a fine?


    South east Louisiana, U.S.A.

  7. squirt (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 7:23 am

    Yeap … $53.71

  8. Laurie (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

    Even if I’m not a citizen of the country?

    How do you convert $53.71 into American dollars?


  9. squirt (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 8:24 pm

    Hehe … guess not.
    Converting $53.71 using gives me $41.52

  10. Laurie (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 2:00 am

    So you guys lose 33 cents every time.


  11. Laurie (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 9:08 am

    $12.22 I can’t believe I let that slip through.


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