5 Things You Should Research During an Election Cycle
Posted on: 06 June 2019 by Shakir Ahmed
When you are voting for a candidate or a party, you are making a decision which will effect how the country is run and how budgets will be spent.
This is why you should vote for parties and candidates that support clauses or topics that you care deeply about. Here is some information that you should research before you decide on who to vote for.
Where You Stand on the Vote Compass
Online tools and resources are available for you to find out more with tools such as Vote Compass to find out where parties stand on policy positions.
While these tools do not guide you on who to vote for, it does provide you with an insight into your policy priorities. You can also find out which political parties in Australia have a political stance that is more similar to yours.
When you use Vote Compass or other online tools like it, you can gain insights for yourself and political parties in Australia, thus helping you to make a better-informed decision on who to vote for in the election.
How Voting Works for Your Region
While the voting procedure and requirements might not differ too much between states in your country, there might still be minor differences.
Research the voting eligibility and requirements before an election cycle starts. Different states may have different deadlines for voters’ registration submissions, or different age requirement, as an example.
Find out what happens during a voting procedure and the specific voting requirements for your state on the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.
Electoral Candidates’ Information
Which candidates can you vote for in your region? A quick search online will inform you as to what candidates are standing in your area. You need more information than just their names and the party they represent to decide on whether or not you want to vote for them.
Most electoral candidates will have their details and information about what they want to change or improve for Australia on their website.
Visit these websites to learn more about these candidates, and if you have more questions for them than just what they show on their website, you can send them questions via e-mail or meet them during their campaign speeches.
While most individuals will vote in person at the voting booth, there are other voting methods available as well.
If you are going to be overseas on the election dates, you will need to research voting methods thoroughly to see if there are any voting procedures which can better suit your needs.
Check the voting method that is going to be available for voters in your region or specifically for the particular election. Is it going to be the conventional in-person voting or is it going to be something else?
Where will you be casting your vote? The exact location of the voting booths will usually be released shortly after the confirmation of your registration for most cases, but this could be subject to the voting method that your area is going to be using.
In online voting procedures, as an example, you can vote from anywhere as long as you have the PIN that is assigned to you.
Alternatively, you could just be voting in-person at the nearest polling station for your district or area. Be sure to confirm the venue before the voting date!