Journal article

Protest or error? Informal voting and compulsory voting

Lisa Hill, Sally Young

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2007

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.

University of Melbourne Researchers