Friday, May 25, 2007

Australians: Your vote stopped?

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Australia: "The Federal Government has passed extraordinary legislation that will close the rolls for new voters at 8pm on the very night the election is officially called - known as issuing a writ. Last Federal Election, the AEC received a total of 423,975 enrolment cards in the week between the announcement and the close of rolls. 78,816 of those were new enrolments. But this time people won't get that chance.

Closing the rolls early will make it especially difficult for certain groups, such as Australians overseas. The legislation also contains other problematic elements. Confused? There are a lot of questions raised by these changes, so to help you wade through them GetUp has prepared answers to the common questions."

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