Monday, August 19, 2013

Voting in Australia and "having a reasonable fear for your safety"

Monday 19th August 2013

For the first time in my voting history I have chosen to do a postal vote. I'll be travelling on Saturday 7th September to event a number of hours away and we'll be looking to leave at about 6am making it difficult to vote in my local electorate. I found it very easy to fill out and submit the form online but was a taken aback by one of the reasons you can give for not voting in person, that is "have reasonable fear for your safety".

I wonder what the circumstances that have led for this to be provided as a reason? Maybe it is a way to better understand voter behaviour within certain seats. I hope we don't move towards the scenes of violence that other countries experience.