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in: blairtrewin; blairtrewin > 2018-09-18

Sep 18, 2018 1:01 PM # 
I found the website with some of the policies outlined:
Sep 18, 2018 10:51 PM # 
Looks like one vote was about what they deserved - one of several micro-outfits competing to be even nastier to brown people than the Sweden Democrats. One of the unsung virtues of Australia's preferential voting system is the pleasure of putting some particularly odious candidate/party last - usually one of several flavours of racist (the Shooters didn't even make my bottom 10 last time), although the No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics got my wooden spoon once.
Sep 19, 2018 12:43 AM # 
Its getting harder and harder to allocate that last place.
Sep 19, 2018 3:52 AM # 
If you can't decide then give them all last place. As long as you have a 1 somewhere the rest of the numbers don't matter.
Sep 19, 2018 4:33 AM # 
You miss the point tRicky. The fun is in making difficult decisions and then publicly justifying them afterwards.
Sep 19, 2018 4:52 AM # 
...and I thought my dad was the only person who numbered everything below the line from 1 to infinity :)
Sep 19, 2018 5:00 AM # 
Having worked at the count centre, I can tell you there is more than one person who does this! Mind you the number of people who fill below the line is a somewhat similar number to those who draw phallic objects on their ballot cards.
Sep 19, 2018 7:09 AM # 
And don't forget to jumble the major parties number order to give their lower ranked senate candidates a few higher votes.
Sep 19, 2018 7:50 AM # 
I've sometimes thought of doing a card for 'scrutineer bingo', including sightings of the following, among others:

- a phallic symbol
- an obscenity directed at a specific candidate
- an obscenity directed at no-one in particular
- a write-in vote for someone who is not a candidate (last federal election someone in my booth did a write-in vote for Donald Trump, in English and Russian)
- something creative relating to a candidate (at the Northcote by-election someone drew a pawprint in the box for the Animal Justice Party)

I believe that nationally something like 5% of voters (and 20% of Green voters) fill out the full ballot paper. It's higher in Tasmania and the ACT (which normally have fewer candidates).
Sep 19, 2018 8:44 AM # 
I think there is an interesting relationship between trust (of the parties) and cognitive capacity. If you don't trust the party preference deals, you do the exhaustive voting. If you have the cognitive capacity you can do the exhaustive vote. If you are a One Nation voter, you are in a bit of a quandary.
Sep 19, 2018 9:33 AM # 
Yes someone added Donald to a ballot card at the last election I counted for. I think I scored 4 in your ballot bingo, Blair.
Sep 19, 2018 9:49 AM # 
Voting above the line should be abolished. Voters should be able to number to 5, at least 3, no?!
Sep 19, 2018 10:14 AM # 
It has been - you can now order squares above the line (rather than having to go below it).
Sep 19, 2018 10:39 AM # 
Have you met some of the people who get to vote in elections? I'm surprised they know which end of the pencil to use.

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