September 22nd, 2008

Athena's owl & olive pic#61934290

Links on Compulsory Voting

Here's a link to the Australian Electoral Commission's very brief summary page on Compulsory Voting. This links to more detailed PDF documents (1-short, 2-fuller. See also Informality. For excruciating detail see Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918). It covers the Federal law, the States have their own (NSW, see legislation: Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act 1912 No 41, Div 13), and each also (fairly loosely) enforces it for local Council elections.

Most of the fines aren't too large, and the penalties don't seem to include gaol time. NSW is keen on removing driver's licences for non-payment of fines, tho'. If you don't know it's happened, driving without a licence is fairly serious, & can mean you're not insured, which could be very serious indeed.