I watched Russell Brand arguing the noble protest of not voting, and the problematic thing is that some of it seduced me, particularly the part of me that wants to be more of a cutting-edge hip thang, than middle-aged propper-upper of the establishment.
It is not that I am not voting out of apathy. I am not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations. Russell Brand
But I suspect, deep down, that the Establishment loves what Russell Brand has to say, loves him for every single young radical free-thinking, change-desiring person he convinces to not participate, to imagine that their inaction is some kind of expression of power. Because the Establishment really only wants their donors to vote.
So I’m going to give the last word, on Election Day, to a novelist.
By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.” David Foster Wallace
Please note, the polling stations are only open until 7pm.
Vote from 7am to 7pm. There are booths at Tz’sil Learning Centre, Mt Currie, or the Pemberton Community Centre – you need to go to the polling booth for your address. If you’re unsure which one to go to, or haven’t received your Electors Card, enter your addresss here, and find out where your polling booth is located. Also, check out this page to see what ID you need to take with you.