I just voted. I hate the electoral system for the city of melbourne. Postal voting should be reserved for those who can't attend a polling booth on election day. I like going to vote. There is purpose, intent and often a thoughtful celebration of the democratic process in heading off to the local school, town or church hall to put pencil to paper, and slip the ballot paper into the box.
We don't get to do that in the City of Melbourne, instead we fill in forms, stick em in an envelope and post them. Mail order Government?
And corporations that own or occupy property may also nominate representatives to vote... not sure that's the case anywhere else in Victoria.
From the VEC site:
You are enrolled to vote at the Melbourne City Council elections if:
- you are on the State and Federal electoral roll for your present address and will be 18 years of age or over on 29 November 2008;
- you own property in the municipality but don't live at that property, and you are the first or second-named person on the Council's rate records;
- you have successfully applied to the Council to be enrolled for this year's elections; or
- you are the nominee of a corporation that owns or occupies property in the City of Melbourne.
Shame I didn't know that earlier, because Peter is not a citizen, but clearly eligible to vote in this election, despite being ineligible to vote in State or Federal elections. Curious.
BTW - candidates that rang me with recorded announcements disqualified themselves from the contest, as did those who sent negative campaign material. Sorry Peter McMullin and crew - you failed on both these counts.