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Type: Journal article
Title: Protest or error? Informal voting and compulsory voting
Author: Hill, L.
Young, S.
Citation: Australian Journal of Political Science, 2007; 42(3):515-521
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1036-1146
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Lisa Hill & Sally Young
Abstract: Some opponents of compulsory voting claim that rising rates of informal voting point to growing antipathy towards the institution. In order to test this claim we examine recent trends in informal voting, focusing upon some recent figures, particularly those of the 2004 Federal election when there was a sharp rise in informal votes. We suggest that it is not compulsion that is leading to informal voting but rather complexity and its interactions with sociological factors that are brought into play by near-universal turnout.
Rights: © 2007 Informa UK Ltd.
RMID: 0020073716
DOI: 10.1080/10361140701513646
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