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TheDebatingKnight
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ArtBuggy
Pro (for)

Should Voting be Compulsory?

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Started: 5/23/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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TheDebatingKnight

Con

In countries such as Australia, voting is compulsory and anyone who doesn't vote is punished by the Law. I will be arguing against voting being compulsory for a number of factors and it will be my opposition's job to explain why they think that voting should be compulsory.
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ArtBuggy

Pro

I will be arguing for compulsory voting. Meaning everyone in the country of age must vote, or they will receive some fine, or penalty. Except for cases where the person is physically not able to go to a voting both.

Looking forward to debating with you.
By the way, this doesn't necessarily represent my opinion, I just like having intelligent debates.
Debate Round No. 1
TheDebatingKnight

Con

Would you force someone to vote even if they were actively uninterested in politics? Even if they were determined to cross a random box? Even if they did not even know the political party in power/opposition?

Compulsory voting does not enhance democracy. People who don't want to vote will be forced to pick someone even if they haven't taken any thought or consideration into it. Some people may even close their eyes and pick, not even thinking about what they are doing and this hinders democracy. In extreme situations, a political party may win on the whim of a group of people who vote because they will face a penalty if they don't. Forcing people into voting when they are disengaged from the politic process will exacerbate this problem; no one likes doing something simply because they have to. Election results may be skewed, particularly in marginal seats, by voters who vote at random because they still don't bother to find out about the candidates, parties and policies involved.

Voting doesn't make sense as a punishable action. Punishing someone for not voting would add insult to injury. By not voting, a person has actually made a huge sacrifice " they have waived their right away to have any say in the running of their country and possibly incurred extreme consequences if the person who is voted in decides to persecute them. If a person doesn't vote, knowing the full consequences of their actions, it is akin to surrendering in battle " an action that, rather than 'lazy', is a powerful decision in itself, not something you do without a good reason.

What's the point of voting as politicians don't always listen to the public. Politicians always promise to keep to their manifesto, but in reality, once they are in office, they can do anything they like.

Voting holds a special place in a democracy; it is the very foundation of the mandate our elected representatives hold. To turn it into something everyone over the age of 18 must do would take away something from that.
A non-vote (i.e. staying at home) sends a more powerful signal of apathy than does a spoilt ballot or abstention vote; a non-vote says that the citizen is dissatisfied with the entire process, that politics do not address any concern she has. A spoilt ballot or abstention vote in a compulsory election, however, merely expresses dissatisfaction with the particular candidates in the constituency, and hides the deeper malaise that may be there.
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