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Old Rabbit:
Now that the U.S. election is over I thought I would post
the question on voting up for debate.

Seems in the U.S. only around 50% of registered voters
go to the polls. Usually less in midterm elections. Perhaps
compulsery voting should be imposed. After all registered
voters are required to serve on a jury if selected.
Voting is a civic duty, not just a right. Some polititions tend
to like low voter turn out. Especially when it's the other
party's voters.

Personally I have voted in nearly every election since I
became eligible. Some probably feel they should have the
right not to vote. Of course these people probably like
it when they can call 911 for rescue. Letting other people
do things for you is fine, but we should be good citizens
too.

Some countries do require one to vote. I think in Australia people
are required to go to the polls, but they can choose to not vote while
there. This seems like a reasonable compromise.   Of course now days
with so many people having access to the internet perhaps people could
vote that way or by mail if needed.

So what do others think about this. Is there a better way to
get people out to vote? We should remember low voter turn out
allows special interests to buy the legislation they want. Some states
are making it even harder to vote with the excuse of preventing voter
fraud which is generally very rare.



Foxpup:

--- Quote from: Old Rabbit on April 20, 2015, 12:53:58 pm ---Some countries do require one to vote. I think in Australia people
are required to go to the polls, but they can choose to not vote while
there. This seems like a reasonable compromise.

--- End quote ---
It's not as reasonable as it seems. While in theory, there's nothing stopping a protest voter from just scribbling pictures of cats all over the ballot paper, in practice, most people don't know that's an option, so they just vote for the first name listed. That's how Senator David Leyonhjelm got elected.

Yip:

--- Quote from: Foxpup on April 21, 2015, 12:40:37 am ---It's not as reasonable as it seems. While in theory, there's nothing stopping a protest voter from just scribbling pictures of cats all over the ballot paper, in practice, most people don't know that's an option, so they just vote for the first name listed. That's how Senator David Leyonhjelm got elected.

--- End quote ---
If that's the case, they should make the first option "Abstain".

Acton:
Initializing an act of  force is  counter to a  democratic free society.  Not voting  (however unwise) is much a  right of free speech as voting.

Alsek:
If people can't figure out how to vote or won't make it a priority I kind of have to think they aren't likely to be paying enough attention to have an informed opinion of what they're voting on.

Also, the government forcing people to do anything is a little disturbing. One should always have the fredom not to be involved in something they don't want to be involved in.

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