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Should all EU citizens be obliged by law to vote in EU elections?
All EU citizens should be obliged by law to vote in EU elections.
Compulsory voting ensures that not only those with radical ideas, who might have an inherent interest in radical change, go vote, thus keeping parties that play on radical ideas in check.
Elected officials should represent as many people as possible. The fewer people vote, the fewer are represented.
Compulsory voting increases citizens’ sense of civic duty and encourages them to inform themselves.
Decreasing turnout is a danger to our democratic institutions because it allows them to be captured by special interests.
Compulsory voting would lead to better campaigning and political messaging.
Sometimes we must first learn democracy, so that we can then shape it. The compulsion to vote will be a process of learning social responsibility.
Compulsory voting might lead to "voter fatigue", especially in member states that celebrate many different elections. Therefore, if EU citizens were obliged to vote, this could create a feeling of resentment, which is the opposite of what the measure aims to obtain.
Citizens who vote out of obligation might do more harm than good, for example by voting for extremist parties or by making a random decision out of protest.
Compulsory voting would give unearned legitimacy to one party or another as well as to the general state of the leadership vs. the opposition. A person shouldn't be compelled to vote when they disagree with all parties, as it falsely implies they are in agreement with one.
Mandatory voting could get some individuals into trouble, and especially those who are already at the margins of society.
Uninformed voters will not be represented well. Compulsory voting will lead to even more negative outcomes than low turnout.
Because people are free to choose when voting, they should be free not to have to choose.
The European Union should not impose further restrictions on its member states.
Not everyone is able to vote, for example nurses and physicians, firefighters, pilots, flight attendants and many more people who simply can not leave their workplace whenever they please. To fine people like this would not be correct.
Instead of making it mandatory, a reward should be offered to those who prove they have the sufficient knowledge about politics / parties by their choice. The test should, however, be well thought-out to effectively measure electoral consciousness.
The act of not voting is in of itself a political statement. By not voting you are expressing a dissatisfaction with the process in its entirety. A better question would be to ask why the populace has so little concern for the EU as an entity that they are unwilling to vote in such massed numbers.
Not until e-voting from e.g. mobile phone (or sg more secure) is possible: voting takes a lot of time from those who work far away from home. Remote voting is not necessarily an option for them as they might not fully understand the political forces in a different county/country.
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