Friday, March 16, 2007
Vote for you life
Voting season is coming quickly upon us in Oz. With polititions throwing mud this way and that, it reminded me that i still need to register to vote in my native land. So i did what i always do when i'm not sure of what to do; i googled it.
my google search turned up THE OVERSEAS VOTE FOUNDATION. I worked my way through the site until i found what i was looking for: registering to vote. i clicked the link, only to find that i had to choose which state i was from. I became quite confused because the state i'm currently residing in was not listed. For some reason i could only be from a US state. That was odd.
I decided to put my mother's state in and proceed, but found that it then asked for an address. I again, put my mother's hoping that they would not actually check that i was living there.
After a few more fibs, i decided that i must have the wrong place to register. So i started again. My searching finally led me to this; an article about how overseas persons find it frustrating to vote.
It seems that i am not alone. The system that asked me to honestly assess the canadates ensures that overseas voters 1) have to lie about their address/state 2) have as hard of a time as possible being heard.
And like most Americans i wonder if this isn't an elebrate conspiracy. (i've been told that conspiracy theories reside mostly in american mentality) If it is a plot to keep those who can actually see what is happening from a distance from saying anything at all....