Absentee voting: a comparative perspective

Matt Qvortrup

in The Politics of Participation

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780719076589
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701560 | DOI:
Absentee voting: a comparative perspective

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This chapter considers the effects of postal voting, one of the favoured options for increasing participation. It reviews international experiences with absentee, or postal, voting in developed capitalist democracies. In the wake of the 2004 federal election in Australia, concerns were raised about the problems with postal voting in Australia. The Australian Electoral Commission recently acknowledged that there were serious problems with the distribution and production of postal voting packages especially in Queensland. This fiasco led to severe criticism from Commission members.

Keywords: postal voting; citizen participation; capitalist democracies; Australia; 2004 federal election

Chapter.  3648 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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