From how to vote below the line to locating the nearest sausage sizzle -- these are the hacks you need to be aware of during this Saturday's federal election (7 September).
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- How Voting For The Senate Works In Australia: Ever wondered why Senate voting papers are so large, or how minor parties are sometimes elected? This in-depth article explains how voting for the senate actually works in Australia.
- Ask LH: Should I Bother Being On The Electoral Roll?: If you don't care about voting, are there actually any downsides to not being on the electoral roll? And what kind of fines do you get if you refuse to vote? This Ask LH question tactfully answers these questions -- be sure to check out the lively readers' debate at the bottom!
- ElectionLeaflets.Org.Au Back For 2013 Campaign: One of our favourite online election resources is ElectionLeaflets.org.au, which collects together scans of the leaflets sent out by every candidate and party it could find. Click here for more info.
- Find Your Nearest Election Sausage Sizzle: Being in a democracy is awesome -- so make sure you celebrate in style this weekend by scoffing a sausage sammich. If you're planning to indulge in a pre- or post-voting snack, this guide will direct you to your nearest election sausage sizzle.
- How To Vote Before The Election: If you're going to be out of town or overseas on election day, you are still legally required to vote. This can be done prior to 7 September via several different methods which are detailed here. (You better act quickly though as you only have one day left!)
- Your Vote Has Been Cast, Not Casted: You should definitely cast your vote this weekend, but it should never be "casted". Spelling-and-grammar pedant Angus Kidman explains this common past tense snafu.
- Earn An Extra Crust On Election Day By Signing Up As A Polling Assistant: The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) employs around 70,000 temporary employees to help out on the big day during each federal election. Available positions include polling assistants, office temps and voter information officers with employees earning up to several hundred dollars a day. It's probably too late to get hired for tomorrow but it can't hurt to apply -- at the very least, it means you'll be getting in nice and early for next time. Click here to see how it's done.
- Throw Your Vote Away Smartly With 'Below The Line' Website: Voting below the line allows you to control where your preferences flow, but it can be a fiddly process — especially if you take the time to research where everybody stands on key issues. This year, there are more than 50 small parties running in the election; all with differing policies, election promises and worldviews. This article provides a solution that will see you turning up to the voting booth fully prepared.
- How The Labor And Coalition Broadband Policies Differ: A Hype-Free Explainer: If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're a big technology fan -- which makes the NBN a very important issue for you. This opinion piece attempts to explain how the Labor and Coalition broadband policies differ in easy-to-understand language.