Count me in

There is supposed to be an election running in August in Australia. I’m not into politics, so I don’t actually know what the election is for. /um

In Australia you have to be eighteen years old to vote. When you turn eighteen you must enrol to vote. If you don’t vote, you could be fined… face serious consequences… you get my drift. (I’m just really tired at the moment, excuse me.)

This will be my first time voting. Also, my parents are not Australian citizens, and my brother is younger than me, so I am the first person in my family who will be voting in an election here. It sounds cool, but really, get over it. 😛 Haha.

I remember when I was in high school, people were already nearly turning eighteen. I didn’t turn eighteen until I was well into university, so I never had to bother with applications and enrolling. I do recall that most people saw voting as something unnecessary. The country does need our vote – I can understand that – but I guess a lot of us really don’t think our vote makes a difference, or that we should only vote when we want to.

In high school, a classmate said, “I don’t care, I’ll just vote for whoever.”

I couldn’t help but agree, and now I still feel the same, at least when it comes to country-wide elections. There are so many people that in retrospect, my vote is just one out of tens of thousands.

James had an idea. He said that whoever I was voting for, he would oppose, so our votes would cancel out. He then brought up the idea that we should have a large amount of people do the same: partner up with someone, and oppose your partner’s vote.

“I’d love it if it came down to one person’s decision,” he laughed.

Of course, it is a funny thought, even though it would take a lot of people, considering we’re talking about the population of Australia over eighteen who is an Australian citizen here. 😆

Looking at it on a smaller scale… I remember trying out for prefect in high school. I was just one person out of about thirty candidates. (Mind you, I never got voted in for prefect, even if they chose a whole third of the candidates.) I asked my friends to please include me in their votes. They could choose up to ten people, meaning they could choose less people if they so wished.

A friend told me afterwards that he didn’t vote for some of the “popular” people, or people who were very likely to get in.

“Why?” I asked.
“Because they will already get a lot of votes because they’re popular. If I voted for them, I would only be increasing their chances.”

I slapped myself after that. I know sometimes we can rig the system for our own benefit, but all in all – your vote counts. Your voice counts. You are important. 😀

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