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Compulsory Voting: Should Voting be Mandatory?
Citizens in democratic states should be required to vote or be fined.
Compulsory voting may
the cost of elections as well as
and political campaigns, and those resources can then be used on other issues.
In the short term, compulsory voting would necessitate improvement in voting conditions and make it possible for ordinary working people to vote.
Compulsory voting encourages politicians to be less extreme in the policies they propose.
Citizens have a duty to maintain the democratic state by voting, which is enforced through compulsory voting.
When citizens are required to vote, there is an incentive to become more politically engaged and informed.
Compulsory voting reduces corruption in elections.
Voting is in an individual's self-interest.
Compulsory voting generates better electoral outcomes.
Without enough time allocated, assurances that police wouldn't fish at polls and the like, mandatory voting is simply an assault on the working class.
Punishing non-voters disproportionately targets poorer people in society who are unable to afford the fine.
In countries with a lack of diversity in their political arena, compulsory voting is especially problematic as citizens might not find a representative who shares their views. They would thus be forced to vote for a candidate they don't support.
With compulsory voting, there is no need for politicians to be appealing. Instead, they just need to be better than their opponents, as citizens are forced to decide between them.
It will be very difficult to implement this in many places.
The right to vote in a democratic society also extends to the right not to vote.
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