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- Direct enrolment will just make democracy easier
- Hoffman, Rob; Costar, Brian
- As the Australian Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn told a parliamentary committee hearing last week, ;If an election were held today, 1.5 million eligible Australian citizens would be unable to exercise their franchise.' The reasons for this alarming figure are two-fold. First, many eligible Australians simply aren't enrolling in the first place. Among 18-year-olds the enrolment rate is a mere 52 per cent, and while this swiftly rises with age, it isn't until the mid 30s that enrolment passes 90 per cent, and not until the late 40s that it reaches the target rate of 95 per cent. Second, the Australian Electoral Commission is more effective at getting voters off the electoral roll than keeping them on it---through no fault of its own. This is largely a matter of mechanisms and money: current enrolment processes are proving to be more expensive, inefficient and inadequate in the face of changing patterns of social mobility and civic engagement.
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- Newspaper article
- Canberra Times, 20 March 2012
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- Australian Electoral Commission; Democracy; Elections; Enrolment
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