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Unformatted text preview: n y peopl e c om pa r e v ot i n g t o t a x es. In fa c t , on e of m a n da t or y v ot i n g ’s bi g g est a dv oc a t es, for m er A m er i c a n Pol i t i c a l Sc i en c e A ssoc i a t i on pr esi den t A r en d Li j ph a r t , u ses t h i s c om pa r i son i n h i s w r i t i n g s l i k e Pa t t er n s of Dem oc r a c y . A c c or di n g t o h i m , j u st a s t a x es a r e a w a y t o feed t h e n a t i on a l ec on om y , v ot i n g c a n be seen a s a w a y t o feed t h e c i v i c ec on om y . Mor eov er , w h en c om pel l ed t o v ot e, c i t i zen s beg i n t o be m or e i n v ol v ed i n pol i t i c a l l i fe a n d i n t u r n a r e en c ou r a g ed t o t a k e a m or e a c t i v e r ol e i n ot h er a r ea s of c i v i c soc i et y . A n d n o ot h er c h a n g e c om es c l ose t o h a v i n g a s sw eepi n g a n i m pa c t on r a t es of v ot er pa r t i c i pa t i on . Gi v en Li j ph a r t ’s a r g u m en t s, w ou l d c om pu l sor y v ot i n g m a k e sen se i n t h e Un i t ed St a t es? N ot n ec essa r i l y -- for m a n y A m er i c a n s t h e r i g h t t o v ot e a l so i m pl i es t h e r i g h t n ot t o v ot e....
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