The zodiac signs as election facts
Election day 2019 is nearly here! We’ve already covered how elections work, why we have elections, and what to wear during the election campaign, but have you ever wondered which fun election fact matches your star sign?
Well, wonder no more… to help you prep for Election Festival 2019, we present you with the election blog you didn’t know you needed: 'The zodiac signs as election facts' (feel free to sound off in the comments if you have any disputes).
Aries needs to be leader of the pack, and your fun election fact is a showy two-for-one: Australia’s first federal election was held on 29 and 30 March 1901 and it was the first foray into federal parliament for seven (!) prime ministers: Edmund Barton, Alfred Deakin, Chris Watson, George Reid, Joseph Cook, Andrew Fisher and Billy Hughes.
Taurus is grounded, stable, and also connected with finance: your fun election tidbit is the fact that political parties receive public funding, with the amount based on the number of votes they receive. In 2016, it was about $2.62 per vote.
Passing judgement and all about the drama: Gemini, you are the Court of Disputed Returns, a special jurisdiction of the High Court of Australia. Fittingly, the High Court does double duty as the Court of Disputed Returns… it just meets with a different name to hear challenges about the validity of federal elections. It first met in 1903 to decide on a case where an incumbent lost by 5 votes (they ruled his election invalid due to irregularities).
Did you know that, having been ratified on 9 July, the constitution is technically a Cancer? Perfect for the protective, romantic crab sign! Your fun election fact: the Constitution of Australia is the supreme law under which the Commonwealth of Australia operates, and it contains protection for Australian citizens’ right to vote. Section 41 states that ‘no adult person who has or acquires a right to vote at elections for the more numerous House of the Parliament of a State shall, while the right continues, be prevented by any law of the Commonwealth from voting at elections for either House of the Parliament of the Commonwealth.’
In 2019, the total number of members elected to the House of Representatives at the federal election will rise from 150 to 151 … the perfect election fact for Leo, always just a little bit extra.
A perfectionist through and through, you probably already know about this fact: the AEC has a ‘Practise Voting’ section on their website! You’ll have to practise your handwriting in your own time, though (not that you need to).
All about balance, harmony, relationships… Libra, you might be hoping for a beautifully balanced dead heat. That’s probably not going to happen, but Australia has had some very close federal elections before! Did you know that the 2010 federal election produced the first hung parliament in 70 years? Read about five other times the scales could have tipped either way.
You love power, love a good fight, and you’re not going to back down… your fun fact is: the first ‘leaders debate’! It was held in 1984, between Bob Hawke and Andrew Peacock.
Look, this one was tricky. Sagittarius loves adventure, hates commitment… the best we could come up with was ‘instant-runoff’: that’s both another name for the preferential voting system and a slightly mean nickname for an always-on-the-go Sagittarius.
Sagittarians are knowledge-seekers, so here’s a bonus fact: only a handful of countries besides Australia use preferential voting. Others include Papua New Guinea, India, Ireland (for Presidential elections only) and, from 2018, the U.S. state of Maine.
Mature, practical… Capricorn was easy! You are compulsory voting: Voting is compulsory in Australia, and the average turnout for Australian elections is a very rule-abiding 90%.
Aquarius is free-spirited, unconventional and Independent with a capital I! Of course your election fact is all about Independent members of the House. Did you know that from 1910 (when the two-party system emerged) until 1990, there were only 17 Independents elected to the House? But since 1990 there have been a whopping 13!
Pisces is, of course, the secret ballot, introduced in 1856 in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia first, with other states following shortly afterwards. Retreating into a private booth with nothing but a pencil, a piece of paper, and your secrets? A big Pisces mood.