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A figure depicting the exact number o f co untries that practice co mpulso ry vo ting
is quite arbitrary. The simple presence o r absence o f mandato ry vo ting law s in a
co nstitutio n is far to o simplistic. It is mo re co nstructive to analyz e co mpulso ry
vo ting as a spectrum ranging fro m a symbo lic, but basically impo tent, law to a
go vernment w hich systematic fo llo w -up o f each no n-vo ting citiz en and
implement sanctio ns against them.
This spectrum implies that so me co untries fo rmally have co mpulso ry vo ting law s
but do no t, and have no intentio n to , enfo rce them. There are a variety o f
po ssible reaso ns fo r this.
No t all law s are created to be enfo rced. So me law s are created to merely state
the go vernment's po sitio n regarding w hat the citiz en's respo nsibility sho uld be.
Mandato ry vo ting law s that do no t include sanctio ns may fall into this catego ry.
Altho ugh a go vernment may no t enfo rce mandato ry vo ting law s o r even have
fo rmal sanctio ns in law fo r failing to vo te, the law may have so me effect upo n
the citiz en...
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- Winter '14