Friday, 19 March 2010

Election Woes in SA

Tomorrow is election day. Yes, on a Saturday, millions of South Australians will be forced to take part in compulsory voting on the weekend, in order to elect a new Premier, among others. They'll muddle through a preferential voting system, ranking their preferred candidates according to who they would least mind winning. Upon questioning my husband as to who he is voting for, at least who will receive his 'top' vote, he told me definitely not candidate A. That seems to be the consensus from all the Aussies I've spoken to. They don't like anyone for Premier, but there is one they dislike over all others. So, on my first proper election day in Oz, my understanding of preferential voting is that Aussies vote by ranking the candidates according to who they dislike the least being on top. (It doesn't really sound that much different to home does it?)

4 comments:

emseedubya said...

It might just be in an egalitarian's nature to distrust anyone and everyone in a political office.

Laine Moore said...

You voting tomorrow, I thought we didn't have to do that until if/when we become citizens?

Suzer said...

We don't/can't

Muddiah said...

So, do you actually rank the candidates from number 1 choice all the way down? Then does each candidate get points for their rank making it possible for someone to win on points accumulated and not necessarily for always getting top choice??That's a novel idea.