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I'm just wwondering why isnt voting in america compulsary. Im from australia and everyone over 18 here has to vote, why isnt it like this in america, not saying its better but just wondering.
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Democracy?

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Isn't the deal in Australia that you have to register a vote, but one of your voting options is to abstain?
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Because the country was based on the government not abusing their power (not saying your country is). So the government can't force you to do it, only suggest it.
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Well you can disagree with all partys and therefore you have tyhe right not to vote.
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Technically in Australia, you just have to show up and get your name ticked off...you don't actually HAVE to vote...most people (especially in local council elections) just scribble on the sheet or submit a blank form.

A mate of mine ran for local council this year and said about 80% of votes counted were informal votes.
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Well you can disagree with all partys and therefore you have tyhe right not to vote.

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So in Australia it's "vote or die, mafacka, vote or die"?

-1 civilized country points for you good sir.

Though I'm fairly confident that TS just doesn't know how the thing works.
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Democracy?

Sometimes not voting is a bigger statement than taking the lesser of two evils.

Yeah in the UK we have another option which makes the biggest statement, Monster Raving Loony Party.
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in america, our votes don't really count anyway, it's the electoral college (for president anyway). If it were REALLY up to the people, bush would have never been our president
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How would it make sense that you should have to vote? If you don't agree with anyone then why vote for them? Or if you have no interest in learning about them.
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[quote="'Tommy[fin"]']So in Australia it's "vote or die, mafacka, vote or die"?

-1 civilized country points for you good sir.

Though I'm fairly confident that TS just doesn't know how the thing works.
no, on election day you have to rock up at a voting place, get ticked off and put a voting slip in the box.

what you write on your voting slip is completely up to you.

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in america, our votes don't really count anyway, it's the electoral college (for president anyway). If it were REALLY up to the people, bush would have never been our president

yeah thats crap IMO, just let me get this straight though, basically you vote for a guy who you essentially want to represent you and then he and all the other guys voted for by the people then vote for who they want as president? if so thats kind of screwy.
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I'm just wwondering why isnt voting in america compulsary. Im from australia and everyone over 18 here has to vote, why isnt it like this in america, not saying its better but just wondering.


Because the government over here knows that the elected officials hold very little power and are mostly pawns for the rich capitalist corperations that actually run this country. The people however have a blind eye for this and don't realize that they are all slaves to the Federal Reserve Bank, and for some reason they think some politician can save them. Voting isn't compulsary because it's pointless in reality. Obama can't save us, Mcain can't save us, no matter who wins we all lose...

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[quote="'Tommy[fin"]']So in Australia it's "vote or die, mafacka, vote or die"?

-1 civilized country points for you good sir.

Though I'm fairly confident that TS just doesn't know how the thing works.

Fail. It means that voting will be consistent across the country and not affected by things like, the weather, or random occurances.

This also means that stupid people who don't think their vote counts also get a say.
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Voting here in the U.S. this time around almost makes no sense, we are in for a hell of a recession.
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I wish that voting wasnt compulsory in Australia. Just to stop the idiots voting for the shit candidate.
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Fail. It means that voting will be consistent across the country and not affected by things like, the weather, or random occurances.

This also means that stupid people who don't think their vote counts also get a say.


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I hate it when people don't vote and then brag about how bad the government is, even if they don't know anything about any party.
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Why don't they decide by the total amount of votes in America? I mean like the winner could get less votes and still win as long as he wins in states that count like California.
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Why don't they decide by the total amount of votes in America? I mean like the winner could get less votes and still win as long as he wins in states that count like California.


Because the Electoral College is "fair."
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Because the government over here knows that the elected officials hold very little power and are mostly pawns for the rich capitalist corperations that actually run this country. The people however have a blind eye for this and don't realize that they are all slaves to the Federal Reserve Bank, and for some reason they think some politician can save them. Voting isn't compulsary because it's pointless in reality. Obama can't save us, Mcain can't save us, no matter who wins we all lose...

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yeah thats crap IMO, just let me get this straight though, basically you vote for a guy who you essentially want to represent you and then he and all the other guys voted for by the people then vote for who they want as president? if so thats kind of screwy.


Not quite. You still vote for "the president" but essentially you're only voting for your states "delegates" to vote for who you voted for. In nearly all of the states, the state's "delegates" are required by law to vote for who the state as a majority voted for.

However, if a candidate wins many states by an extremely narrow margin, but loses a bunch of different states by a much larger margin, then it's technically possible to have a situation like we did in 2000.
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Because the government over here knows that the elected officials hold very little power and are mostly pawns for the rich capitalist corperations that actually run this country. The people however have a blind eye for this and don't realize that they are all slaves to the Federal Reserve Bank, and for some reason they think some politician can save them. Voting isn't compulsary because it's pointless in reality. Obama can't save us, Mcain can't save us, no matter who wins we all lose...

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this. exactly this.


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this. exactly this.


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