Yesterday, a by-election was held for the Victorian State seat of Melbourne. It was a closely fought battle between Labor and The Greens. The Liberals did not field a candidate, which is their right. The independents or minor party candidates who ran only picked up single-figure primary votes as a percentage (latest figures contained in the text of the following):
A separate news report tonight suggested that up to 15,000 constituents were happier to receive a small fine rather than vote.
If you were a staunch supporter of any political party (but the coalition in this case) who didn’t field a candidate, how would you vote, considering preferences?
Importantly, should major parties be compelled to field a candidate in every seat, for every election? If not, why not?