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8/30/13 Debate: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory | Debate.org www.debate.org/debates/In-a-democracy-voting-ought-to-be-compulsory/1/ 1/4 Home > Debates > In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory Arts (617) Economics (476) Education (1,754) Entertainment (2,395) Health (1,243) Miscellaneous (3,132) News (346) Philosophy (1,604) Politics (6,336) Religion (3,588) Science (1,358) Society (3,631) Sports (963) Technology (743) Follow Recent Opinions Should married same-sex couples have equal tax benefits? 100% say YES Should Congress abolish Labor Day? 100% say NO Is it morally justified if the US were to intervene in the Syrian Conflict? 60% say NO Is God an interventionist? 67% say NO Should abortion be mainly the woman's choice? 67% say YES Should international borders be decided by natural formations (mountains, rivers, etc.) rather than straight lines? 100% say YES Big Issues Abortion Like 4.8k Con Do you like this debate? No Yes +1 In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory Add to My Favorites Report this Debate Share with My Friends Tweet 0 Like 2 Contention 1: compulsory voting implys that all forms of low and unequal turnout are ethically troubling, though this is not obviously so. There is no reason to suppose that people should be equally interested in politics at all times, or that all people should find voting equally satisfactory.(stoker,2006) Above all, it is morally and politically important to distinguish amongst different types of non-voters. There may be reasons to be troubled by those who do not vote because they are not particularly excited by any candidates, or because they are disenchanted by their favored political Party " as the failure to vote may point to deep-seated weaknesses in the competitive party system, and in the organization and ideology of the main political parties. But these problems, real as they are, seem far less urgent than those of the people who do not vote because voting and political participation of any form seem as alien and remote as university education, stable, well-paid work, decent housing, safe streets, and respect from other members of society. The difficulty in such cases is to see how compulsory voting will address, rather than exacerbate, the alienation of these non-voters, who are typically the objects, not the subjects, of political debate and policy, and who typically constitute the "problems" that politicians are competing to solve. (Irwin and holsteyn, 2005). In this situation compulsory voting would impact the results negatively. Contention 2: compulsory voting takes away rights . 30 The right to abstain, or to refrain from political selfidentification and participation is an important one, symbolically and practically. It captures two ideas that are central to democracy. The first is that government is there for the benefit of the governed, not the other way round. The second is that the duties and rights of citizens are importantly different from those of their representatives, because the latter have powers and responsibilities that the former do not.
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