Election celebrated with party, pizza and shouting at TV

EDITORIAL: Democracy is something of a passion in my household. We celebrate election days the way some people celebrate State of Origin: with a party and pizzas and lots of shouting at the television.

But before we do that, we vote, rejoicing in the fact that there are sausages sizzling and not automatic weapons threatening at the polling booths.

The right to vote is something people have died for. This family is never going to take that lightly.

So it is concerning that perhaps half a million Australians aged 18-25 are not enrolled to vote. Imagine the power 500,000 votes could wield in this country.

The Electoral Commission is sending teams to football matches to tackle fans there and sign them up.

Campaigners have borrowed the Rock the Vote idea from the US to add celebrity cool to voting. But The ABC's Triple J has long had their Rockenrol campaign going. Rockenrol. Get it?

And there's a single page online form, accessible via smartphones which would take about five minutes to complete.

But surely it should be automatic? When you get an 18+ card or a driver's licence, why does that not automatically enrol you to vote? A government that truly wanted those half a million to have a say would make that happen.

Yes, I know that young people don't read newspaper editorials. But if you know someone who's not enrolled, tell them voting is not just a right and a privilege and a power.

It is also a duty, and one worth celebrating. And shout them a pizza on election night.



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