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Voter list closes when first-time voters prepare for election | District News


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More than 63,000 voters have been added to the voter list, 35,000 of whom will vote for the first time ahead of the May federal election. Eli Zilfleish is one of those new voters who recently turned 18. A Caucasus philosophy and science student from Cairns said she was very happy to finally be able to vote. “When you turn 16, you can get a job and pay taxes, but you can’t be heard,” she said. As of March 2022, only 55 percent of all 18-year-olds eligible to vote were registered to vote, but closing the voter list before the upcoming election prompted thousands more to vote. “Young people are strongly encouraged to vote, and compared to other elections, there is much more awareness of how to vote and how to vote,” Eli said. She believes her generation is less likely to vote for the same as their parents, but admits that not everyone her age is so interested in politics. “It seems to me that my generation is less likely to do everything, ‘My dad voted for Party X, so I will vote for Party X’, rather than being more informed about political politics and inclinations,” she said. It’s 50/50 in the sense that there are some of us who are really interested in voting and who know politics and politics in general very well, and a lot of people like “older people because there are so many people.” they’ll get a coalition government, so we don’t care and we’ll just go for it. ” For Eli, climate action, the anti-corruption commission and greater representation of women in politics and leadership are paramount. A spokesman for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) said young people tend to go to the polls less, and only 85 per cent of 18-24 year olds are already enrolled in the election however they expect coverage to increase to around 88 per cent. as in the 2019 elections. “Obviously this is not as good as in the wider population, but the number of young people worldwide is not as high as in the wider populations. In fact, the youth coverage rate in Australia is 80 per cent or about better than in most countries in general, ”he said. “So that’s good, we’re happy. We always wish it was more, we’d like it to be 100 percent if we could.” DEAR FEDERAL ELECTION NEWS: Intifar Chowdhury, an associate professor at the ANU School of Politics and International Relations, said there are many reasons why young people do not register to vote or update their data and drop out of the voter list. “When people get the right to put their names on the voter lists by registering, it’s usually a very key transition period in young people’s lives. They finish school and leave, which means you don’t have a stable place of residence, and if you don’t have a stable place residence, are more likely to be deregistered. ” She also believes that there is a change of generations when young people are actively moving away from political processes, such as voting, due to distrust of politicians and lack of youth representation in parliament. “If you’re looking for issues that affect young people the most, and the way they are.” she said. “It’s unfortunate that the political structure hasn’t adapted to everyone, the things that affect us are changing.” Our journalists make every effort to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: