One thing I really really hate about spammers is how they often insist on the bottom of their email that you’re receiving their crap because you subscribed to it.
They know it’s not true. I know it’s not true.
Along the same lines are these types of letters, one of which I received yesterday. The envelope makes it look official, non-party:
Inside it’s clear that the letter is party-political. Stop the boats. Build more roads (they don’t mention that they specifically refuse to fund public transport). Free you from the carbon tax (you know, the one almost every individual was fully compensated for, and is having the desired effect of cutting carbon emissions).
And there’s a “Postal Vote application form”.
…As Crikey noted in an article yesterday, it may look like a Postal Vote Application Form, but actually it’s a data-gathering exercise for the party involved.
Crikey adds that the information does get sent to the Australian Electoral Commission, but often there can be delays, and there have been cases in the past of forms being stockpiled, and some even get “corrected” along the way by the party.
The extra twist of the knife? Taxpayers/voters are actually paying for these letters.
The Liberals aren’t alone in doing this. Tens of thousands of people use these forms, via various parties.
Don’t be fooled. If you want to apply for a Postal Vote, do it via the AEC.