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Thipu1:
We're usually on vacation when Election Day rolls around and vote by absentee ballot.  When we do go to the polls on Election Day, we've never had much of a wait.  Five or ten minutes would be the most. Because we vote at a school, part of that time is spent at the PTA bake sale before or after voting.   :) 

Hmmmmm:
Syrse, what happens if you don't vote? And do they really check?

kareng57:

--- Quote from: Thipu1 on May 09, 2013, 11:22:01 AM ---We're usually on vacation when Election Day rolls around and vote by absentee ballot.  When we do go to the polls on Election Day, we've never had much of a wait.  Five or ten minutes would be the most. Because we vote at a school, part of that time is spent at the PTA bake sale before or after voting.   :)

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Around here (Canada) there's almost always a queue unless you go at mid-day.  There's always a rush when polls open, and another starting at 4 pm because many voters go on their way to or from work.  More and more voters seem to be using the advance polls because there's rarely a line.

If there's a line at poll-closing time, usually the rule is that voters in the line inside the building get to vote, but those outside are out of luck.

Syrse:

--- Quote from: Amava on May 09, 2013, 07:24:20 AM ---
--- Quote from: Syrse on May 09, 2013, 05:57:42 AM ---
Results are ready and in the news the very next morning.

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And a government, based on those results, is formed as soon as the very next year! LOL

Hi from West-Flanders!  ;D

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Hahaha, hi! *waves*


--- Quote from: Hmmmmm on May 09, 2013, 11:47:23 AM ---Syrse, what happens if you don't vote? And do they really check?

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They do a few random checks, and if they catch you, it's a whopping fine of... 25 Euros :p
That said, I know of nobody ever to not vote (in my social circle), except maybe once out of protest because it was a re-vote. Again, the free day and easy access, the fact that it's a family outing for lots of kids so they grow to know it and see it as normal, makes for a big turnout.

*edit* Looked it up for you: last voting 91,54% of the voting population actually voted.

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