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I think voting is mandatory in Australia
Only once you enroll to vote then if you don't vote you get fined
If you graduate from High school after you turn 18 you’re automatically enrolled, friend of mine got stuck with it in the last election.
It’s not like it matters since they get a new pm every 2 years
Which is just about the worst thing possible. Among the people who do vote, a huge amount are horribly informed on policy...I can't imagine how bad things are for people that would otherwise not bother voting.
if you were obliged, you might brush up on the options a bit more
That's pretty fucked up
In the US on our 18th birthday, we get a card thag says "Sign up for the draft or you can't do anything." So kinda the same thing?
It's like the government saying "You want to borrow money from us? Fine. You have to repay us back with your life when you die in combat." smh
Can someone expand on this further?
It’s called Selective Service and it only impacts men. Failure to file will impact federal employment, FAFSA, and other federal programs you might apply for.
Edit: Wikipedia has good info
I never signed up for the draft and yet i still got signed up for the draft
Same... -_- I even said "No" when asked on FAFSA "Do you want register for Selective Service?"
Can't you get out of it by smoking weed, like in many other countries?
"Sign and return this, in case we really fuck up and need to feed you to the meat grinder one day."
At least you can do it online! Hahah
But, I believe the last draft was in 1969.
In Germany we get a free cinema voucher, the major talked to us there and we were allowed free snacks and a movie we chose. We call it „Erstwähler“ (first voter)
Tbh, sounds much better than a birthday card
Where in Germany do you live? I’m from northern Germany and I have never heard of anything like that
I looked at his post history, I believe he’s in Berlin
I'm from Berlin and I didn't get that
I live in Berlin, but I grew up in souther Germany. Baden Württemberg, Karlsruhe; 300.000 People living there. Maybe they just somehow cared about our votes or interest, didn’t know they don’t do it in all of Germany.
In our country we get a call from the army
The only time I got a birthday card from my government was when the US Selective Service reminded me I needed to sign up for the draft.
In Greece, if you are a man, you get a card that says you must do 9 months of mandatory military service (soon to be 12) once you finish with your studies. :(
I thought in Greece you get someone from Germany to do your military service for you, and continue to claim that you are only 16 for the rest of your life.
It would be nice if the American government would get behind something this useful.
When you turn 18 in Denmark the goverenment wishes you happy birthday by giving you a print of the constotution
If you don’t register, you never have to vote.
Touches temple with finger.
Here in Norway we don't get any cards or anything, but we're automatically eligeble to vote at 18. No need to register anything.
Awesome, I remember hearing Australian has compulsory voting laws, at least they make sure you are registered, if anything our government tries to stop us
Why are there mini lichtensteins all over it
I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess it’s Victoria...
i wish the US government didn't hate it's voters so much
What a brilliant idea
Enrol? Is that how you guys spell enroll?
Edit: Sorry if I hurt feelings by asking a question. See my post below.
Yes. That is indeed the correct spelling of enrol for all people who speak English in the entire world outside of one special country.
I thought it was mildly interesting because there was a typo.. Oops lol
I meant that as an honest question but I’ve clearly stumbled upon a touchy subject.
in the entire world outside of one special country
So you mean Britain and its former territories? The days of the British empire are over. A majority of the world’s native English speakers are Americans. Not to mention the vast amount of print and electronic media out there in other countries/on the internet that is written in American English. So, person for person, your spelling is more obscure.
Good to see that British sense of superiority is still intact, even though your influence has waned.
Not British bud. Just another part of the English speaking world who don't speak a bastardised version of the language.
I love American logic too. "We have more people in our country so therefore the 50 other countries who are unified in their language are wrong". Prime /r/shitamericanssay material.
Dude wtf even is a bastardised language? By definition languages tend to branch into dialects in different communities and the same happened to English. Should I feel bad cause I'm a native Brazilian portuguese? But if I should, should I feel bad because I speak a "bastardised" version of portuguese portuguese or of Latin? People can be so entitled at times wtf
Is it? Why don’t you make a post, then, bud?
And while you’re at it, keep sucking the dick of the British empire (who obviously subjugated whatever country you live in). Those of us who have dared to defy them by branching off linguistically will continue doing our thing.
There aren’t even 50 countries with a majority population that speaks English as its first language. And the ones that do are all ‘united’ in their language because they were subjects of the British empire.
The fact that alternative spellings incite you to call American English a ‘bastardized’ version of English makes me think that you don’t know much about the history of the language, or language in general. You may not be British, but you’ve inherited that undeserved sense of superiority that certain citizens of the isles have over us Americans.
Preferential voting yay
I’m from the US and all I got when I turned 17 was a cracked iPhone smh.
In the us you get a card to register for the draft.
I never got a card but I got a 120 dollar fine for not voting once
Get on it ASAP - The federal election is coming in the next few months.
Cos the writings not upside down?
Its illegal not yo vote in Oz. My gran in the UK always had to go to Australia House to cast her vote.
But anyway, ahhhhhhhh ya wanker!
with the greatest respect
You fucken alright m8 or
Well you are legally required to vote in Australia, so it’s not that unbelievable
Uhhh... thanks for telling us?