On 2 November 2017, Emma Louise Pearce was convicted and fined $180 for failing to vote at the federal election held on 2 July 2016. This is the maximum penalty that can be imposed for this offence.
The matter was referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) by the Australian Electoral Commission. In court, Ms Pearce pleaded not guilty, saying she didn’t vote because she disagrees with the voting system.
Voting in Australia is compulsory and Ms Pearce was convicted and fined for failing to carry out her legal obligation to vote.
On 2 November 2017, Emma Louise Pearce was fined $180 in relation to:
- 1 count of failing to vote at the federal election held on 2 July 2016, contrary to subsection 15 of section245 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.