If you didn’t vote and are found guilty in court, you may be fined up to $180 plus court costs and a criminal conviction may be recorded against you.
But what if you make a joke out of voting?
While most of the voters in Saturday’s federal election numbered their Senate and House of Representatives ballot papers correctly, others just couldn’t help themselves but to “express” their opinions.
Complain about the ballot paper size, how they didn’t fit into the voting booths, while others made fun of candidates names and drew pictures on the ballot papers.
However the most popular trend was creating their own candidates in the election. Harambe, the Cincinnatti zoo gorilla who was shot dead in May when a toddler fell into his enclosure was a popular option, reports Daily Mail.
One Twitter user referencing the slogan “Jobs, growth and justice for Harambe (the gorilla who died)”.
While some included a list of kebab ingredients and selected their preferred options (beef, chicken, the lot, BBQ and chilli sauce) while another created a new box to select for popular Game of Thrones character John Snow.
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) July 2, 2016
This voter wants Lee Lin Chin to be the PM…
— Frank Furey (@Frank_Furey) July 2, 2016
And this gentleman turned up to the polling booth in his…
— Sarah Berry (@SarahJ_Berry) July 2, 2016