Convenience Voting: the End of Election Day?

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Graeme D. Orr

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Date Written: Septermber 12, 2014

Abstract

When and where we vote is a central element of the ritual of electoral democracy. In a trend across western democracies, there has been a significant shift towards ‘convenience’ voting. This article explores the history, rationale and law around postal and pre-poll voting (the dominant forms of convenience voting) and cautions against this trend deconstructing the communal experience of election day.

Note: The article is adapted from a chapter in Graeme Orr, 'Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems' (forthcoming, Ashgate, 2015)

Keywords: Election law, Postal Voting, Pre-poll Voting, Political Ritual

Suggested Citation

Orr, Graeme, Convenience Voting: the End of Election Day? (Septermber 12, 2014). (2014) 39 Alternative Law Journal 151; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523770

Graeme Orr (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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