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Should all EU citizens be obliged by law to vote in EU elections?
Elected officials should represent as many people as possible. The fewer people vote, the fewer are represented.
turnout in 2014. It also has 13 seats in the Parliament. These seats don't represent its population's interests.
Studies that analyze the impact of compulsory voting in various countries conclude that it boosts turnout by up to 18 percentage points (
Jackman, p. 4
Jaitman, p. 88
Compulsory voting would thereby lead to a more accurate representation of the people.
This is of particular urgency in EU-wide elections: since 1979,
turnout has decreased
by almost 20 percentage points, from 62% to 43% in 2014.
Elected officials always represent the whole population. The legitimacy of the elected officials is connected to the voter turnout though.
A portion of non-voters can be assumed to not be interested in politics at all. Goading these people to vote does not directly translate to an accurate representation of said portion.