Australian voters check in and cast their ballots in a September 2019 federal election.
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Many of the problems the US has with its election processes and outcomes are avoidable and don't happen in countries with different voting laws. Australia is a great example.
Is the voting booth a stumbling block?
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Randomly selecting citizens to take turns governing offers the promise of reinvigorating struggling democracies, making them more responsive to citizen needs and preferences.
Testing a new voting machine is a good start.
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As millions in federal dollars flow to states to protect elections, what should the money help pay for?
Recounting very close races is not enough to ensure election integrity.
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The best way to protect elections is to plan and prepare for an audit of the results after the votes are cast.
Depending on old technology.
Where problems arose, voting was generally able to keep going smoothly. But those failures serve as a warning of how bad things could get if we don't replace our voting machines soon.
Your vote is not insignificant in the bigger scheme of things. It matters.
Not voting can have serious consequences regarding the kind of society we end up living in. Disengagement can mean a lowering of quality of life.
By hand: voters use paper and pencil to cast their ballots in the 2016 Australian federal election.
There's something about seeing the ballot process take place – the vote, the count – that inspires confidence. That wouldn't be the same with any electronic voting system.
Australia continues to enjoy voter turnout levels that are the envy of voluntary-voting regimes the world over.
The majority of Australians approve of compulsory voting – and have done so for decades. The nay-sayers continue to be a minority.
Australia uses a method known as preferential voting to elect the House of Representatives.
At federal elections, voters must cast a preference for all candidates in their lower house seat. Failure to do so, or failure to give an ordinal list of preferences, renders the ballot informal.
While there may not be too many voters in swimsuits or shorts at this year’s winter poll, increasing numbers of Australians are voting before election day.
A growing number of people are pre-polling, or voting before election day. This has significant implications for the parties in terms of rolling out policy and voter engagement.
Family First senator Bob Day unsuccessfully challenged the government’s changes to the way senators are elected.
The High Court regarded none of Bob Day’s arguments in his challenge to Senate voting reforms as having any merit.
Two mathematicians explain why majority voting often fails to elect the candidate preferred by the majority and propose an alternative, 'majority judgment.'
The way Queenslanders vote and the number of MPs they’ll have to elect have both suddenly changed, after a dramatic night in parliament.
An "appalling" return to "the bad old days of Queensland politics" – why political analysts are so concerned about the shock overhaul of voting and the number of MPs in Queensland.
A line snakes down the sidewalk at Western High School in Las Vegas during the Nevada Republican presidential caucus.
Simply by voting in a church, you're more likely to support a conservative cause or candidate.
‘A smiley face? Seriously?’
Counting tens of thousands of paper votes is no small task. How does the UK get it done?
Hanging on his every word.
Research suggests young people are engaged in politics, they just don't like the politicians.
Union-led campaigns across NSW are telling voters to put government MPs last on their ballot papers – a strategy that helped elect Labor in Queensland earlier this year.
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The way Queensland voters chose to exercise their preferences was crucial in the shock defeat of the state's first-term conservative government. Could that happen again in this weekend's NSW election?
NSW is expected to see a surge in online voting before the March 28 election – but for peace of mind, old-fashioned paper ballots are still hard to beat.
The NSW election will be Australia's biggest test of electronic voting, with up to 250,000 votes set to be cast online or by phone. But many questions remain about the integrity and privacy of those votes.
The cross-bench senators may call to mind Paul Keating’s charge of ‘unrepresentative swill’, but they also reflect and respond to the 21st-century world in ways that the major parties can’t.
The Senate is not a root cause, but part of a long list of symptoms that indicate Australia's political system is increasingly unfit for purpose in the 21st century.