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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Why is that a problem? If they had the option to vote and chose not to exercise it, why can't we respect that? The majority has acquiesced to whomever the voters select.
    I'm feeling repetitious here. Because a democracy is only as good as how informed and involved its populace is.

    The first Google result that I clicked points to exactly the opposite conclusion:
    http://www.crcee.umontreal.ca/pdf/CVE_CJPS_FINAL.pdf

    No other studies came up on my first page of results.
    Paying people to vote is not compulsory voting. Quebec also does not have compulsory voting.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    If you want a more informed electorate, I think you'd do better by attacking that problem directly instead of through an indirect measure like compulsory voting. You could just mandate that they watch/read/listen to the news for two hours per year, from any media source they want. If this is really a problem (and I see no reason to think that it is), that would certainly do more to make them more informed and wouldn't waste any more of their time than requiring them to vote would.
    That wouldn't make any difference at all. You can't learn anything from just watching two hours of something.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Oh - I know they vote - so I loath the current system.

    Overall - I believe that voting should be earned - not just given away - and if someone chooses not to use their priviledge then that's fine.

    But as long as our country is geared towards the 2 main parties I think that no one should be forced to do anything.
    To the contrary. I think it would say quite a lot if a true majority voted in the election but for neither of the two candidates.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    If someone really unacceptable to the majority came to power, then apathy would decline and they could vote him/her out of office.
    Really? How come it never seems to work like that in reality?
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    there are already enough uninformed idiots voting. the last thing we need is to force even more apathetic retards into the voting booths
    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

    An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    To the contrary. I think it would say quite a lot if a true majority voted in the election but for neither of the two candidates.
    When I voted for Barr people's reaction was 'what a wasted vote!'

    Everyone's mentality about voting in general needs to change - right now it's all bull****.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Paying people to vote is not compulsory voting. Quebec also does not have compulsory voting.
    OK, well let's see the evidence that show that this DOES have an impact. You are the one claiming that compulsory voting leads to more informed decisions and that this has been demonstrated, so let's see the studies.

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought
    That wouldn't make any difference at all. You can't learn anything from just watching two hours of something.
    A lot more than you can learn from two hours waiting in line and filling in bubbles for vaguely familiar names. Actually I guess you can learn a bit from that too, but probably not the kind of knowledge you're talking about.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Those signify government power over the People. And the way you describe them being used is a form a tyranny. You cannot have democracy through tyranny. People should be more involved. A republic requires a well educated and participating populace to keep. While this is true, I see no proper and just way to enforce the participation in the system through law. People must be free to make up their own minds and to use their vote in the manner which they feel is best; even if that's not voting.
    Is it really? If a person pays their taxes, does that not signify they recognize the legitimacy of the government? Voting has nowhere near as much power as money.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    If a person pays their taxes, does that not signify they recognize the legitimacy of the government?
    all that signifies is that they don't want to go to jail
    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    No. If a person is not interested in voting and is force who will he or she vote for. They are better left at home.
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