Your View: Make your vote count

AS polling day approaches I wanted to share my learnings from a recent exercise. I wanted to understand what motivated the Narungga candidates to run for public office so I set about engaging with them.

The experience was rich and rewarding and in some respects quite telling. Of the five candidates, three responded to the questions I put to them.

Once I had gathered the information I was able to analyse the responses and the experience of interacting with those I had the opportunity to meet and/or speak with. I brought my findings together in a blog piece which your readers may find interesting. The piece includes useful links to the Electoral Commission of SA website where the process of voting is explained, and also the detail of changes to the boundaries of this seat and historical election results.

I also put together a table of all the responses I received from candidates who responded. The link to that table is also embedded in my blog, www.dianahmieglich.com.au/easyblog/entry/narungga-votes-2018.

I am sharing this information not in an attempt to influence voting, but rather to share some of the insights I gained.

In Australia we too often take our democracy for granted. The right and freedom to participate in democracy is precious. If you have questions, ask.

For the young people of Narungga who are voting for the first time, be informed and be motivated to make your vote count. Your vote. Your voice. A very precious thing.

Dianah Mieglich, Moonta Bay

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