Compulsory Voting _ Voter Turnout _ International IDEA

Advo cates o f co mpulso ry vo ting argue that

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Unformatted text preview: o cates o f co mpulso ry vo ting argue that decisio ns made by demo cratically elected go vernments are mo re legitimate w hen higher pro po rtio ns o f the po pulatio n participate. They argue further that vo ting, vo luntarily o r o therw ise, has an educatio nal effect upo n the citiz ens. Po litical parties can derive financial benefits fro m co mpulso ry vo ting, since they do no t have to spend reso urces co nvincing the electo rate that it sho uld in general turn o ut to vo te. Lastly, if demo cracy is go vernment by the peo ple, presumably this includes all peo ple, then it is every citiz en's respo nsibility to elect their representatives. The leading argument against co mpulso ry vo ting is that it is no t co nsistent w ith the freedo m asso ciated w ith demo cracy. Vo ting is no t an intrinsic o bligatio n and the enfo rcement o f the law w o uld be an infringement o f the citiz ens' freedo m asso ciated w ith demo cratic electio ns. It may disco urage the po litical educatio n o f the electo rate because peo ple fo rced to participate w ill react against the perceived so urce o f o ppressio n. Is...
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