YOUNG’s Guide To Surviving This Saturday’s Vote
Want the 411 for the upcoming Victorian election this Saturday? We’ve been having conversations with young Victorians this week on how to vote and who will stand up for the issues that matter to you. Here are the top questions we’ve got answered.
Who do I vote for?
Well, it really depends on your values and which issues matter to you.
If you want a general birdseye view check out the ABC guide is a decent summary…https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-17/victorian-election-policy-guide-labor-coalition-greens/10498016
We’ve also compiled a few scorecards we love from Environment Victoria, VCOSS and Colour Code…
Care about the environment?
Scorecard here: https://environmentvictoria.org.au/election-2018-parties-stand/
Care about social issues like homelessness and poverty?
Scorecard here: https://vcoss.org.au/advocacy/policytracker
Care about indigenous rights/racism in our politics?
How do you vote?
Voting can be super confusing! Here’s a pretty good video that explains how to vote. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=CfweXqE0GDk
How do I know that my vote will go to the party I vote for?
Your vote can go where you want it to go if you vote below the line! Our mate made an excellent video which explains it all here https://t.co/X2WQkDQGTt?amp=1
How do I vote if I can’t make it on Saturday?
If you can’t vote on Saturday– you’ll need to vote beforehand! You can read about how and where to do that here: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Voting/AwayDuringTheElection.html
If you need to post your vote you can on or on or before Nov 24th. Bit more details about that here…you can blame VEC for the long URL… https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Voting/AwayDuringTheElection.html?fbclid=IwAR3Ivv5kzP5VEDm0j8OO2szCBdc_8qxUv2krPlBrgrkO8iUBXcqbU3P_0_U
Where do I vote?
You can check out this map of all the polling booths here https://maps.vec.vic.gov.au/. You might need to be on your laptop. It’s pretty broke on mobile. Did you have any other burning questions?
How does the system work?
For a Victorian State election you vote for people in 2 parts of the Victorian State Parliament. You will vote on 2 different ballot papers.
The 2 parts of the Victorian State Parliament are:
It is also called the Lower House (or District).
It is also called the Upper House (or Region)
Each Member of Parliament has a seat in Parliament House. The group of people who win the most seats in the Legislative Assembly or Lower House become the Victorian State Government
If you’re 18 or older you have to vote in the election or you’ll be fined. You need to get to a voting booth (You can find your closest one here: https://maps.vec.vic.gov.au)
Once you get there, tell your name and address to the election official. The election official will mark your name on the list.
You will get 2 different ballot papers.
You will get a ballot paper for the Legislative Assembly (District).
You will get a ballot paper for the Legislative Council (Region).
You must vote on each ballot paper.