have you seen this very funny election spoof?

There are all kinds of ways to encourage you to get enrolled to vote. There’s this spoof that GetUp put together. You might have seen it on Q&A Monday night?

There’s also this dotpointed cheat sheet, which you might like to copy and paste and pass around your email list.

Please enrol. Please?

  • The previous (Liberal) government introduced laws that make it difficult to enrol to vote once the election is called
  • If you’re enrolling for the first time (like, you just turned 18 recently): you have until 8pm the same day the writ is issued.
  • If you’re updating your details: you have until 8pm three days after the writ is issued.
  • A writ is issued between one and four days after the PM announces the election date. You won’t know. Probably until it’s too late.

What does this mean?

  • You have VERY LITTLE time to vote once the PM announces the election date.
  • The election is about to be called, any day/week now. You really really really need to get enrolled now.

I’m worked up about this and think you should be, too, because:

  • These laws disadvantage young people (first-time voters), and people who move a lot  for uni or work or travel)…who tend to be youngish also.
  • I’m not going to pass comment on how wrong it is to have election laws that disadvantage young people, or speculate as to why a government would legislate to make it so hard for young, mobile people who tend to vote to the Left from being properly enrolled…Nope, not a word.
  • You’ll be fined $110 if you don’t vote. Not cool. And rather messy. Best avoided by doing the below.

Instead I urge you to, check out the Electoral Commission’s Famous People Vote Too site, and:

  • click here to check you’re enrolled properly.Takes two seconds.
  • And here to enrol if it’s your first time.

The end.

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