Thursday, May 19, 2022

Vote often 6

We voted early yesterday. We caught the tram a few stops to High Street and trudged up the steep hill strolled 100 metres up a gentle slope to our nearest polling station at the Deaf School. The voting venue is an old chapel. As  I realised where it was, I thought I hope it is not still a church and and that it has been desecrated. Of course I meant deconsecrated. No thunder and lighting as I entered so I guess it had been.

The voting process was quite simple with a check of our names, dates of birth and home address. We were also asked if the reason for pre polling was a valid reason. Of course it was. My rehearsed answer was a fear of Covid in crowded places. I am not sure if R had a reply rehearsed but neither of us was asked for a reason. Apparently already six million voters have some reason why they can't vote on voting day. It is a silly rule, widely ignored and should be dropped. 

All parties offered us how to vote cards, which I ignored. I knew who I would vote for and give my preferences to. Better the Animal Justice Party than Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party or Clive Palmer's United Australia Party. More on him in my next and last Vote often post.

Our local Labor member was keeping company with the Greens candidate. They are both of a similar age and are attractive people. My mind went to where it should not have, my excuse being that in politics liaisons have happened so often.

So, our democratic duty is done and I look forward to election night when we know who will govern Australia for the next three years. The strong independent candidates will make it an interesting night.

34 comments:

  1. Hooray for pre-polling. I have done it for years and have never been asked why.
    And you are right. Saturday night will indeed be interesting - though the sheer numbers of prepolls may mean we don't get an answer immediately.

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    1. EC, isn't it a bit weird that there are millions of votes already cast, yet they can't be counted before polling closes?

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    2. WHY can't they be counted? Doesn't make sense to me.

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    3. Nor to me River. Then the focus could be on getting a quite answer on election night.

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  2. We did early voting day before yesterday.

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    1. State election for you Sandra. I hope you voted correctly.

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  3. Ironically, The Deaf School seems a very suitable location for participation in the democratic process but it would have been better if it had been The Deaf, Dumb and Blind School which is where the majority of British people appear to have voted when electing the cartoon twerp known as Johnson and when voting for the disaster known as Brexit.

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    1. YP, it was once called the Deaf and Dumb School. I think the Blind School was close by. Quite a few of your voters were regretting the voting choice post election when Brexit happened. I wonder how they now feel?

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  4. I vote yesterday. In our state primary election. How is your election and or candidates funded.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, it is a combination of government funding after the election result matched to numbers of voters and private funding that is very poorly displayed long after the election. The private funding is bad and corrupt.

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  5. Well at least you don't have to stand in a long queue Saturday. We voted on the first day the polling was open and there was rather a crowd.

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    1. Margaret, I think only once in the 90's we had to queue for quite a while to vote. No queue yesterday.

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  6. I drove past one of the pre poll stations close to home yesterday and they were waiting right down the street so……as our usual closest station is about 500 metres from our door we’re going to leave it until about 5pm Saturday and wander up then. Overnight low is going to be about 2° so no way am I going out in the cold for the early 8am opening time!

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    1. Cathy, 5pm is probably a good and quiet time to vote. I heard today that as long as you are in queue by the 6pm closing time, you will get to vote.

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  7. I'd say we already know who will govern for the next three years. Sort of. It won't be the one elected to the highest post, but the ones in the parties behind him, scrapping and snarling and saying "you wouldn't let us do such and such while you were in power, so now we aren't going to let you do this or that" and the one in the high position will try to keep the peace and pretend he understands the plight of "the little people"

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    1. You are probably on the money River. I doubt either party will win a majority in both houses and will depend on the opposition vote. I noted in an election flyer though that Labor voted yes to 93% of the Liberal's parliamentary bills.

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  8. We voted yesterday too. Also in a church, but I'm pretty sure it's still a working, okay, consecrated one, because where we voted was around the back.
    I was disappointed that we had no Independents, teal or otherwise. Just Albo's rep (Terri Butler), Scummo's rep, Greens, Pauline or Clive. Shudder.
    Labor has held our seat (Griffith) for the last few years and I am hoping it will continue. Sadly there is a good chance the Green will take it. At least he's a pretty feller.

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    1. Hiya Rozzie. A Green member might not be a bad thing, but if they have a balance of power, they will have to moderate some of their policies. I'm off to Google image your Green candidate.

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  9. We will mosey around the corner to the local school. I miss the days when the PA would have a doozy of a cake sale. Sadly in these days of allergies these delights are no longer available. Democracy sausage? Probably not.
    At this stage I think it unlikely it will be called on Saturday night. I fear we may have a hung parliament and nothing will get done for the next three years.

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    1. Caro, hung parliaments seem to work in European countries. Isn't it all about negotiation for a best result? Don't mention the sausage. I think a Saturday visit to the big green shed might be on the horizon.

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  10. We will vote on Saturday. Just hope we don't get another 3 years with the forever smirking face bloke!

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    1. Sami, maybe my memory is selective but he seems to be one of our worst Prime Ministers.

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  11. You can't enter a consecrated building? Are you possessed by a demon? LOL

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    1. Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I'd be there all day and unlike in movies I have seen, the priest on the other side would not be attractive.

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  12. I have never voted in my life. In Belgium I am not allowed because I am not a Belgian, in Germany I am not allowed because I live in Belgium. I could vote at the embassy since a couple of years, but I know nobody to vote for. Since Mrs Merkel is gone I don't even know the name of the new chanceller. It's here I know everything, but I don't want to become Belgian because then I have to vote it's mandatory !!! I don't like to be forced to something.

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    1. Gattina, I don't know who Germany's leader is now. Clearly he or she hasn't upset anyone. You accept all the advantages of living in Belgium and have paid your taxes but you don't want the responsibility of voting! I don't feel you can really complain about Belgium unless you vote. I am quite confused.

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  13. I have seen many political ads this month and have a good laugh, whether the ads were from my party or from anyone else. They are silly and repetitive, but none of them do much harm.

    Then Clive Palmer's ads kept showing a map of W.A where, he said, the Chinese have been buying out airports and controlling transport into, out of and around W.A. For one dollar a year! He makes some of the other dim wits sound intelligent.
    Hels

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    1. Hels, that is the scariness of Palmer's quite effective campaign to the young naïve voter and the lads who yell Australia First.

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    2. he also has ads in our newspapers saying our pollies are selling us out by transferring all our health assets and hospitals to the Chinese controlled WHO. That's a bit scary. Do the Chinese really control the World Health Organisation??

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    3. I don't know River, but if China does, it will only be on a temporary rotating basis.

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  14. I know too little about the political scene in Australia despite your educational posts over the last few weeks. I have a hard enough time keeping up with Canada and the U.S. But I hope you get good people (well, the best available) voted in this time around. The world needs all the good leaders it can get. It's getting bad even here in Canada; the conservative premier of one of our most right-leaning provinces just resigned and I'm afraid the pundits here are right, that he caved to pressure from even more extreme right wing members of his party. It worries me a great deal, this rise in ultra-conservative sentiment. We are a mini-America.

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    1. Jenny, it is probably the same in every country. Understanding our own system is hard enough, let alone a foreign one. Ah, that scary province. I was kinda hoping it might be DoFo in Ontario. God forbid, you aren't to the American level yet. People like you still have hope, and not the despair so many in the US feel.

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  15. Anonymous5:01 am

    Not asked why I voted early either. I did wonder if this move to voting early today will bring about a change to our voting system. I see they have even introduced voting via phone for those in COVID isolation. I think we could just be voting online like the census.

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    1. Hels, I really don't know. The Electoral Commission will pull it all apart post election and make its recommendations to government.

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