Apparently, even though it doesn’t make sense, there are still those who still think that because it’s a close election, you should vote 1 ALP

Was a bit sad to hear the ALP volunteer handing out HTVs at Ringwood AEC the other day announce that she’s a lefty who often votes Green but that “this election is too close” and therefore “it’s vital that everyone get behind the ALP”.

If only she’d read this post, where I explored that line of reasoning to see if there was any way in which it could be true, and explained why voting 1 Green 2 ALP is actually a much stronger anti-Abbott vote than a straight Labor vote, or here where I explained why, if anything, an ALP vote was more likely to risk preferences flowing to Abbott than a Green vote.

Looks like the ALP is actively exploiting confusion about our electoral system to use how badly it’s gone in its campaign as an argument to claw votes back from the Greens.

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2 responses to “Apparently, even though it doesn’t make sense, there are still those who still think that because it’s a close election, you should vote 1 ALP

  1. I’ve just had a friend, whom I considered to be politically enagaged and savvy, say exactly this.

    After much discussion, she conceded this was probably correct but was still planning to vote ALP, ‘just in case’.

  2. Yeah, it’s really annoying to hear supposedly intelligent people say such things.

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