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Unformatted text preview: r th o s e o ld e r th a n 7 0 to ca s t th e ir b a llo ts .Ab o u t Be lg iu m, “ Th e Gu a rd ia n ” w rite s : “ Be lg iu m h a s th e o ld e s t e xis tin g co mp u ls o ry vo tin g s ys te m, in tro d u ce d in 1 8 9 2 fo r me n , a n d 1 9 4 9 fo r w o me n . P e o p le w h o d o n o t vo te fa ce a mo d e ra te fin e o r, if th e y fa il to vo te in a t le a s t fo u r e le ctio n s , th e y ca n lo s e th e rig h t to vo te fo r 1 0 ye a rs . No n -vo te rs a ls o fa ce d ifficu ltie s g e ttin g a jo b in th e p u b lic s e cto r.” Be lg ia n vo te rs ca n vo te in a n e mb a s s y if th e y a re a b ro a d o r ca n a u th o riz e a n o th e r vo te r in th e ir p la ce to ca s t th e ir vo te .Sa me g o e s fo r th e citiz e n s o f Sin g a p o re , w h e re n o n -vo te rs a re re mo ve d fro m th e e le cto ra l re g is te r u n til th e y re a p p ly, p ro vid in g a re a s o n fo r th e ir a b s te n tio n . In P e ru a n d Gre e ce , g o ve rn me n t p rivile g e s (like o b ta in in g n e w p a s s p o rt o r d rive r’s lice n ce ) a re d e n ie d to th o s e fa ilin g to vo te . In Bo livia , if a vo te r fa ils to ta ke p a rt in p o lls , h e o r s h e is d e n ie d w ith d ra w a l o f th e s a la ry fro m th e b a n k fo r th re e mo n th s . O n Au s tra lia , th e n o te d Britis h n e w s p a p e r “ Th e Gu a rd ia n ” s ta te s : “ Th e Au s tra lia n s b ro u g h t in a s ys te m o f co mp u ls o ry a tte n d a n ce a t e le ctio n s in 1 9 2 4 . Vo te rs a re o b lig e d to a tte n d th e p o llin g s ta tio n b u t ca n le a ve w ith o u t vo tin g a fte r tickin g th e ir n a me s o ff. No n -a tte n d e e s fa ce fin e s o f AU$ 2 0 -$ AU5 0 (a b o u t £ 9 - £ 2 1 ) a n d p o s s ib le imp ris o n me n t if th e y re fu s e to p a y th e ir fin e s (a s p u n is h me n t fo r fa ilin g to p a y ra th e r th a n fo r n o t vo tin g ). In a n a tio n b u ilt o n immig ra tio n , Au s tra lia n s u p p o rte rs o f th e s ys te m s a y co mp u ls o ry vo tin g is a s ymb o l o f th e in te g ra tio n o f n e w a rriva ls in to th e Au s tra lia n w a y o f d o in g th in g s .” Ho w e ve r, th e Au s tra lia n a n d Bra z ilia n la w s d o p e rmit n o n -vo te rs to p ro vid e a le g itima te re a s o n fo r n o t vo tin g . In Bra z il, vo tin g is co mp u ls o ry fo r citiz e n s b e tw e e n 1 8 a n d 7 0 ye a rs o ld a n d is n o n co mp u ls o ry fo r u n re g is te re d citiz e n s a g e d 1 6 o r 1 7 . It is w o rth me n tio n in g th a t in Bra z il, a p e rs o n w h o fa ils to vo te is b a rre d fro m o b ta in in g a p a s s p o rt u n til a fte r h e o r s h e h a s vo te d in th e tw o mo s t re ce n t e le ctio n s . Milita ry a n d Se cu rity p e rs o n n e l in Bra z il d o n o t vo te b y la w , a s is th e ca s e in th e Do min ica n Re p u b lic, Gu a te ma la , Ku w a it a n d Le b a n o n . In Ku w a it, a ll vo te rs mu s t h a ve b e e n citiz e n s o f th e co u n try fo r 2 0 ye a rs . In Tu n is ia...
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