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October 18, 2007

Andrew Fraser in the Canberra Times reports that the Australian Electoral Commissioner (AEC) Ian Campbell has confirmed 143,000 voters (including more than 3000 in Canberra) have been removed from the electoral roll in the six months leading up to this year's election. That's a potential boost to the Howard Government's chances of being re-elected isn't it.

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Bill Leak

The Howard Government's tough new legislation on voting entitlement-- tighter voter eligibility and shorter closing time for the rolls--- is widely seen as disenfranchising mainly young people, who polls show are more likely to vote Labor.

The best that we can hope for is that the AEC has put an effort into encouraging people to be enrolled and has made every effort to ensure that this political education this happens. Political education is the key.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:38 AM | | Comments (1)
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This is a real worry and something you'd hope will be reversed by someone else.

Gossiping with a checkout chick today I realised, after much confusion, that she didn't know the difference between citizenship and electoral enrollment. She thought that when she moved from NSW to Qld and changed her address that she was changing her citizenship.

She told me she'd deliberately changed her citizenship so she'd be able to vote Labor because John Howard had lowered her hourly rate by $3 when she moved. I didn't try to explain things but a good number of that 143000 would have a similar level of political education I guess.