Fresh Paint
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Things I Did Not Know
Did you know there are countries where, if you don't vote, you have to write a letter saying why you didn't or face a fine?

Howard has no regrets on Iraq as poll battle goes down to wire
Australia is one of the few countries where voting is compulsory; turnout is an average of 95 per cent. The system was introduced after the First World War and voters are fined if they fail to cast their vote.
All true. Just wondering what effect Bush's recent behavior (and all the new reports) will have on Australian elections (held this Sunday, the 9th). Wondering what would happen here if voting were compulsory, like taxes. Interesting things to think about at bedtime. No, I haven't been over-caffeinating myself again.

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