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Unformatted text preview: precinct will have their whole vote discounted. Compulsory voting is the Australian guarantee of voter www.theg uar dian.com/commentisfr ee/2013/aug /21/compulsor y- voting - g ood 3/5 8/30/13 Of cour se compulsor y voting is a g ood thing | Van Badham | Comment is fr ee | theg uar dian.com f reedom, not its opposite. The law is only that you have to place a collected piece of paper into an envelope or box. You are not obliged to vote f or a political party or candidate – one wag whose vote I scrutineered in an election once wrote "all the candidates are dickheads" with a big tick and walked away, f ine-f ree. That you have the right to this is yearned f or even in other democracies where mere access to a polling place is not ensured. Dinner party psephologists who bang on about how they shouldn't be obliged to turn up to the polls may do well to consider what it must be like to have f ought slavery and Jim Crow laws f or the right to vote, and then be denied through legal voter suppression the opportunity to exercise it. Get the Guardian's daily US email Our editors ' picks for the day's top news and com m entary delivered to your inbox each m orning. Sign up for the daily email Share Tw e e t More f rom t h e Gu ardian Shar e Email What 's t his? More f rom arou nd t h e web Peru drugs susp ect could get t wo y ears for guilt y p lea, say s lawy er 28 Aug 2013 Chery l Cole got a bum deal wit h her English rose t at t oo 26 Aug 2013 What 's t his? Is a massive rebalancing of t he world’s economic, p olit ical and social p ower underway ? (M errill Ly nch: Wealt h M anagement ) Why Long-M arried Coup les Sp lit (AARP.org) None of t he exp ert s saw India's debt bubble coming. Sound familiar? 26 Aug 2013 5 T hings You’re Not Doing wit h Your Smart p hone (And Should Be) (Veriz on) What do relat ionship s require t o work? Not $200 vouchers 30 Aug 2013 Will Nat ural Gas Solve t he Emissions Crisis? (America's Nat ural Gas Alliance) Were Rep ublicans really t he p art y of civil right s in t he 1960s? Why Foodies are Raving About t hese T op -Rat ed Recip es 28 Aug 2013 (Food Net work) www.theg uar dian.com/commentisfr ee/2013/aug /21/compulsor y- voting - g ood 4/5 8/30/13 Of cour se compulsor y voting is a g ood thing | Van Badham | Comment is fr ee | theg uar dian.com Licen se/buy o ur co n t en t | P r iv acy p o licy | T er m s o f ser v ice | US adv er t isin g | A - Z in dex | Abo ut us © 2 0 1 3 Guar dian News an d Media Lim it ed o r it s af f iliat ed co m p an ies. All r igh t s r eser v ed. ; www.theg uar dian.com/commentisfr ee/2013/aug /21/compulsor y- voting - g ood 5/5...
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