Vote with sausage; help the P&Cs

One makes enemies for life when one ignores the North Fremantle community, so I’d better give a plug for the catering at the North Freo Primary School at Saturday’s FEDERAL BI-ELECTION DAY, after I did the same for the Freo Primary School. It’s not a competition, so people in those areas please supports the P&C of these schools, and others such as the Beacy Primary, close to where I live! Vote for Labor’s Josh Wilson. He is a good bloke!

SUPPORT THE SCHOOLS P&Cs ON ELECTION DAY! from Roel Loopers’ blog.

That makes five Democracy Sausage booths for the Freo election (I just submitted the missing North Freo one). I don’t know if Beaconsfield Primary is having one.

A grand Australian tradition.

You can’t “double your vote” in Australia

On Sunday 2007-08-20, Steve Dalton of the Gold Coast Greens posted the following:

Reposting this excellent cartoon that everyone should see to get an understanding of preferential voting and why it is so important to Vote 1 Green!

Except, of course, it isn’t actually doubling your vote, is it? The ‘S’ in STV is of integral importance to representative democracy: each voter gets a single vote. The Greens do nothing towards increasing constituents’ understanding of our electoral system with phrases like ‘double your vote’; how does this differ (other than in the side of the political watershed on which it falls) from ‘don’t waste your vote’?

I think that the original ‘double your vote’ campaign was (is?) about getting other Americans to enroll (and then, I guess, getting them to vote the same as yourself). At any rate, that’s what the www.doubleyourvote.com website is about.