Hot Topic - Voting and elections

Is compulsory voting unique to Australia? What is a gerrymander? Who can vote? Who can stand for election in Australia?ballot box

Find the answer to these and many other questions in the newly updated Hot Topic: Voting and elections. It explains the key features of our electoral laws, who can vote, who can stand for election, and how votes are counted. There are also sections on compulsory enrolment and voting, voting procedures and drawing electoral boundaries.

This edition was updated in April 2019 Professor Rodney Smith from the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, and is timely reading just before the Federal election.

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