Fonty wrote:So how did you find out about the 1 Minor party vote rule Scol? My worry would be that a 1 vote for a Minor party would still be changed to their 'official' preferences automatically.
Nup ... they'd get in deep pooh if they did that ... working for the AEC helps. Also, it's not a 'rule' of sorts ... it's jsut something they do to allow the maximum number of votes to be counted ... it also works with major parties too ... ie. if you JUST vote Labor and they don't get in on primary's then you'd prolly loose your vote UNLESS other people's preferences get them over the line. AEC have a lot of 'little' rules that they don't tell you about. Eg. going back to preferences ... you can just put in two parties if you like ... and again you loose the privilege IF the first or second party get's knocked out on primary votes ... make sense? But they WON'T tell you you can do it ... they practice it from an ethical point of view ... ie. it's your vote and that's what you want to do with it so fine. But if the party you vote for doesn't make first preference then you lose your vote.
You are now educating yourself re. voting (I'm not trying to be funny ... I think it's a good thing!). Dont forget you can change your preferences from what the parties suggest. You can vote green and preference labor, you can vote green and preference liberal. It's easy to do ... the Greens used to ask you which you want to preference and give you the 'How to Vote' card that preferenced the way YOU wanted to vote.
Another trick, as we have a bicameral system of parliament ... you can vote say Lib's in lower house (which is where govt is formed) and labor in upper house (senate). That way you are syaing you want Libs to form govt. but dont want them in the Senate as you'd rather their Bills are checked prior to turning them into law. Does this make sense? I NEVER vote one party in BOTH upper and lower seats. It makes for what I call a true demcoracy (which can be argued!) in that the senate will keep the lwoer house in check ... sorta! This works for all parties, the Greens just want yor senate vote ... that way they can rule the senate with enough sitting members (it happened in WA and the major parties had to be nice to the Greens .... for a change) as they hold the key to 'majority vote' (assuming lib and labor are evenly spread amongst the Senate).
Hope I haven't confused you here!
If the party I'm voting for gives preferences to a Major Party that's their business but I'm still not interested in doing it. I've emailed the AEC from their website to really get it clear. Their response will be interesting if it's one of the things they don't like advertising.
So don't do it ... you only lose your vote if the aprty you voted for doesn;t get in ... but it's stilled counted as a primary vote for that party (and ONLY that party).
AEC will respond as per policy ... I'm guessing they will say you'll lose your vote if you jsut tick one square ... then again ... times are changing so if you don't mind, let me know what their response is.
Trouble is if I change my ways and actually consider voting then I'll have to examine policies! OMG!!!!
The AEC can't hel you there ...