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    Should the US have complusory voting?

    I'm starting to think we should require that people vote. If you don't vote you should get fined. It's not a very libertarian position, but given how few eligible Americans actually vote, I doubt that the majority is very well represented. The fines don't even have to be high, since most people will turn up to vote just to avoid the hassle of paying one. And it works! It increases voter turnout by as much as 16%!

    The following countries have enforced compulsory voting....

    Argentina
    Australia
    Brazil
    Chile
    Ecuador
    Fiji
    Liechtenstein
    Nauru
    Peru
    Singapore
    Uruguay

    Not exactly a list of totalitarian regimes.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    No, not voting is a form of protest for some people.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    I guess the question I would have is what problem does compulsory voting solve? Why is it a bad thing that most people don't vote? IMO we're far better off if people who aren't interested about politics and don't know anything about the issues DON'T pollute our democracy with their input. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing fewer people vote.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    No, not voting is a form of protest for some people.
    What a silly form of protest. Thats like my child holding his breath if he doesn't get what he wants.

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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    No. The irony is that forcing someone to vote against their will and participate in democracy is undemocratic in itself.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    No, I don't think that you should force voting. For one, there may not be a candidate someone really can get behind and are left without the ability to vote on that office. In the end, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. People should take voting more seriously, be more informed on all the candidates, and make intelligent decisions. But you can't force them to vote if they don't want to. I think it's perhaps relatively foolish to forgo just randomly your vote, it's a symbol of your power and sovereignty that you are lending to government. But it's their choice and they need to be free to make it.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    What a silly form of protest. Thats like my child holding his breath if he doesn't get what he wants.
    What is silly is subjective, and even silly protests are supported by the constitution.

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    Not exactly a list of totalitarian regimes.
    Not exactly a list of the most successful regimes either.

    Yes, let us learn democracy from unstable Latin America and a country that bans chewing gum then whips violators.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    No. There are plenty of reason why people don't vote. Either there is no one close enough to there preferences, or like my father, cannot escape from the hospital to vote. I mean hell even when I do vote, I just press buttons. I mean do I really care who is Water Management Backup Carrier is?

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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    No, not voting is a form of protest for some people.
    Voting "None of the Above" sends a louder message than not voting at all.
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    Re: Should the US have complusory voting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I guess the question I would have is what problem does compulsory voting solve?
    Low voter turn out. Low interesting in politics.

    Why is it a bad thing that most people don't vote? IMO we're far better off if people who aren't interested about politics and don't know anything about the issues DON'T pollute our democracy with their input. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing fewer people vote.
    Or maybe more people should get involved and become informed. I have this silly idea that a democracy should be based upon an informed public, not an ignorant public where only the extremists vote.
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    The economy will improve under this bill. If a few people die, it will be for the betterament of this country.

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