In case you have not heard, Saturday is the Victorian state election. And in different information, for those who missed this too, there’s one other wave of Covid sweeping by the state.
Now, personally, on the primary information, I do not thoughts voting. I prefer to say who will lead the state I stay in and who can have an excessive amount of duty in making selections that can have an effect on me and my household for the following 4 years.
Additionally, I can feed my two children democratic sausages for lunch.
However whereas we’re on the private facet of issues, in information quantity two, I even have Covid.
One way or the other, I’ve managed to keep away from it till now, however my husband and I’ve fallen sufferer to the whooping cough. And apart from, casting our vote can also be going to be spicy, in all probability extra so than Covid.
Why? Nicely, as a result of except you have been tremendous organized and will go to an early voting middle or have been eligible to vote by mail (two issues I clearly could not do/wasn’t eligible), then there isn’t any simple technique to solid your vote . vote for the elections.
As a result of not like the federal elections originally of the 12 months, there are not any voting phone traces for covid-positive folks and till yesterday there was no different.
Now, we have been very “generously” assigned (as supposed) one – sure, one – drive-in voting web site for your complete state.
“We all know folks need to vote however could not really feel snug strolling right into a polling place. We have to present at the very least one choice, even when it is not very handy,” Performing Elections Commissioner Dana Fleming mentioned.
“In good conscience, we felt we needed to supply at the very least one choice to voters on this state of affairs. We now have an early voting middle positioned on a former Bunnings web site in Melton West which we now have transformed into an entry centre.
“There simply wasn’t sufficient time to seek out and hire every other venue that was large enough to manage.”
Oh sure, not sufficient time, with an election that has been recognized for months and a wave that has been rising since October…
However this one drive-in polling station, the one technique to vote for those who at the moment have Covid throughout the state, primarily based in Melton on the outskirts of Melbourne, effectively, may be fairly accessible to metropolitan residents, and even me. my regional victorian locality – i imply i’d solely need to drive a bit of over 100km to get there (simply what you need to do whilst you have covid). However for individuals who stay in different components of the state, you’d higher rise up early and put gasoline in your automotive (Covid-safe, in fact) since you could possibly be driving over six hours simply to get there.
After which, in fact, with 1000’s of individuals testing optimistic on daily basis, I can not think about the road for this one voting middle, open solely on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to five:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to six:00 p.m.: 00 hours, it will likely be particularly quick. Additionally, be ready to attend just a few extra hours, while you’re sick, in your automotive as effectively.
Oh, and remember your optimistic RAT check or textual content from the well being division to verify a optimistic PCR check, as a result of with out that you just will not be capable to vote on the drive-through. In accordance with the AEC, that is to dissuade all voters who “like the concept of direct voting”.
Though it took me quite a lot of restraint to not snicker at that final remark (due to how humorous it sounds), the remainder of my at the moment fairly minuscule power provide was remodeled into anger.
In my very own state of affairs, casting my vote for the state election would contain my husband and I driving (though we’re not totally alert) 100 miles on Friday whereas my two children are in school (and hoping we get again in time to select from. above), or on Saturday with them within the automotive (and throwing out all our social distancing) to do it. Neither choice is good.
Or, in fact, we do not vote at this polling middle the place we’re allowed to vote and even when we now not have a tremendous (as a result of we registered our Covid an infection) we will be unable to say who it’s. our state authorities, and that does not really feel proper to me.
However for others, who do need to vote, as is their democratic proper, who’re affected by Covid extra severely than my husband or I, those that are older, who can not drive to this web site and/or stay hours away from this . web site, I suppose they simply do not should vote.
I imply, is not this basically the message we’re being given? Should you did not vote early (which not everybody can do) or register a mail-in vote in time (once more, not everyone seems to be eligible) and contracted Covid (which nobody of their proper thoughts tries to do on objective), effectively you he would not deserve your phrase.
Or alternatively, simply flout all authorities tips, do not register your Covid an infection and go to your native polling station contaminated anyway, which I believe many individuals will do.
However I suppose at the very least with this choice, we now have an opportunity to determine, however do not anticipate that wave to decelerate.
Shona Hendley is a contract author.
Initially printed as Victorians face ridiculous state of affairs to have the ability to vote