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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 09:22 PM
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12. The same in Australia.
Upper house ballots here are bigger than lower house, whether in Federal or State elections, but
the rules make sure that they are manageable, ever since the infamous 1999 NSW Upper House ballot
paper, which was the size of a tablecloth. But Lower House ballots have generally between four
and six names, depending on how many parties are fielding candidates.

We also use pencils only, and I've never had to wait more than a minute in a queue to vote. There
are always plenty of polling stations, well-staffed by volunteers. We don't have to show up at a
particular precinct, but can drop in anywhere in our electorate, and our names will be in the book.

Machines were tested in Queensland a few years ago, but they had paper receipts, and could be
examined by electoral officials at any time. However - perhaps because of the U.S. experience -
there doesn't seem to be any talk of introducing them nationally.

I also voted in the U.K. in the years that I lived there, and found the experience to be pretty much
the same as ours.
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