Originally posted by bellagirl
happy voting today america. sitting here in sydney australia watching the cable news channels and listening with amazement at the way you guys over
there conduct elections.
just a couple of questions if someone there can help me out.
Why do they hold the vote on a tuesday when people are working etc.....our elections are always on a saturday. most people are not at work and that
leaves all local schools available for voting booths. i have been hearing about people lining up for over 4 hours waiting to vote. over here most
schools hold a fete with sausage sizzles and cake stalls etc to raise money for the local school that you are voting at. i have never waited more
than 2 minutes to lodge my vote. are your polling booths at the local schools or halls etc ????
why the different ways to vote e.g: ballots, machines, punch cards etc. we have a form that everyone fills out in pencil. every person over the age
of 18 fills in the same form. these are put into a locked box with scrutineers from both parties there to ensure no funny business with the
i understand that its not compulsory to vote over there. what sort of turn out do you get ???what sort of percentages of all those allowed to vote
actually do ??? for something this important where the direction of the country is at stake...do you think everyone should vote ??
please understand this post is not saying whos system is better than the other's...just some questions i have wondered about. good luck to whomever
you vote for and enjoy the freedom that we in both countries have to choose who leads us.
Tuesday, because then people traveling to vote would have time to reach the polling place, and would not have to start traveling on a Sunday.
November, I think, was because then harvesting was over, and it wasn't too cold yet.
Polling places vary a bit. Some are in schools, others in churches, and my guess is that others are in other sorts of buildings. I think that they
look for a place with the space needed, and that is available. If they tried having any sort of fundraiser here, some people would complain that it
was biased, and some would probably try and make it biased.
The states determine the sort of ballot they use, so there can be a lot of variation. That goes back to the idea that this country is supposed to
a collection of united states, that govern their own affairs except when issues affect the entire nation. So, yeah, a lot of ballots out
there. Personally, I think they should all have a real paper trail, even if there is an electronic system, so that any issues can be verified with a
hard copy. I like your way better, really. Simple, verifiable, and nothing to break down. All you have to do is be sure all the votes get counted.
Voter turnout varies quite a lot. Really, a lot of people don't vote that could, some don't even register, and there are cases of people voting
that were not eligible. Proven cases, with illegal aliens voting, dead people voting, and so forth. So, it gets interesting here! As for whether I
think everyone should vote? hard call. If someone refuses to stay informed, or isn't concerned enough to even register, they probably don't have
the sense to make an educated choice. I guess I wish everyone would stay informed, and vote, but if they don't, I would rather the clueless simply
stay home, as they are too easily manipulated.