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Australians are required to vote. King Charles is the head of state of Australia and should be Australian. He does not vote in elections.

Thus, is he violating Australian law?

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    What's your source for "Australians are required to vote"? I'd expect them to be required to be registered for voting, but not vote.
    – Greendrake
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 6:44
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    @Greendrake: aec.gov.au/faqs: "Is voting compulsory? Yes, under federal electoral law, it is compulsory for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums." Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 6:50
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    How do you know that the King doesn't vote? Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 6:51
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    @NateEldredge Also, state/territory and local elections. Technically, it's required to attend a polling place and have your name marked off - you do not have to put a ballot in the ballot box or mark it if you do.
    – Dale M
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 9:45
  • Technically, he's not even meant to vote in the UK, never mind Australia. Legally, he can - but by tradition, the monarch is supposed to stay out of politics... Commented Nov 15, 2023 at 0:57

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King Charles III is not an Australian citizen

He was born in London, UK, which is not in Australia. To be clear, being born in Australia does not make you an Australian citizen of itself, it just means that that the documentation needed to prove citizenship will be different.

There was also a period of time when British citizenship could confer Australian citizenship and Charles was born during that time. However, neither of his parents were Australian citizens. His parents were born in London, UK and Corfu, Greece, neither of which is in Australia.

So he was not born an Australian citizen and AFAIK, he has not subsequently acquired Australian citizenship, nor has he ever become eligible to do so. As such, he is not eligible to vote and cannot enrol to do so.

King Charles III is not a resident of Australia

He lives overseas indefinitely, which would disqualify him from voting even if he were a citizen.

Neither citizenship nor residency is a corequisite to hold the office of King of Australia

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    TIL that King Charles could claim Greek citizenship
    – J. Doe.
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 15:15
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    TIL that the government could revoke his citizenship. Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 16:14
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    Also, as sovereign, he has absolute immunity from all laws, civil and criminal, in Australia.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 17:54
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    So not only is it not illegal for him not to vote, it would be illegal for him to vote.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 17:57
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    The gnasher729 and ohwilleke comments together seem meaning he can vote if he wants.
    – Ivan
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 19:07

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