People protest that voting is a ‘violation of liberty and freedom we have in this country” Voting is not a ‘violations of liberty and freedom’ what is a ‘violation of liberty and freedom’ is not being able to vote because of your gender. Women suffragists have fought years and years just to get a right to vote. We are lucky that this country has given the right for women to vote. Infact the first country to give them the right. But now, today, what are people doing? Throwing the vote away like it doesn’t mean anything to them. Remember that your vote can make a difference, it may be one but united against other’s it will make a difference for the people, for the country. Those who don’t vote forget of the protests, deaths and the arrests of hundreds of women fought for this privilege to vote. The least we can do now is to treat the vote like a responsibility.
Voting is an integral part of democracy, without this process we go back to an oligarchy were only a few number of people decide; The idea of democracy is to avoid this. So how will mandatory voting help? Well first let us look at the statistics, in America's 2008 Presidential Election only 64% of the population voted, less than 2/3 of the population voted! If the other 36% had voted I'm sure there would have been a different turn out.
When I say a mandatory vote, I don't mean you have to vote for someone or a Political Party, but rather you must register your opinion. On the ballot paper there should be an option of "No Vote", that way we know everyones opinion.
This not only enhances the clarity of the peoples opinions, but also helps people to engage in politics. What is the point of a democracy if people don't actively take part? Moreover if it turns out that for instance 36% had "No Vote", Political parties may start to wake up and realise that over 1/3 of the population don't agree with any of them.
By not having this system people are denying themselves of their opinion. Is that really what democracy is about?
Not all people can attend voting all the time.
Some people don't agree that voting is fair
we should have a choice whether to vote or not because, for some people, if they don't win they may start a war.
I say, for the sake of Australia, that voting should not be compulsory.
I think that in Canada voting Should be compulsory because it is your right to choose your leader and if you wish to not participate well, then later you have no right to complain about the leader because when you had the chance to vote, you passed it. Just by voting smartly you can chance lots of things in your city or about your own life. So yes i do think that voting should be made compulsory.
Compulsory voting is conducive to a higher level of interest in politics amongst the general population. In Australia, voting is something everybody has in common - people talk about the election and the policies with each other, encouraging a greater understanding of the bigger picture.
It is not a perfect system as oftentimes voters may not fully understand the complexity of the policies, but it does minimise the likelihood of lobby groups and corporations taking control of the government.
For the people who argue compulsory voting "takes away your right not to vote" if you do not believe any of the candidates represent your interests, let me tell you, filling out the ballot paper correctly can be pretty difficult, and if you do it incorrectly, it will not be counted.... So there is PLENTY of opportunity for you to ensure your vote is not counted!
Also, for the person arguing you will be criminalised, the fine in Australia is current $20, which is basically an administration fee for processing the paperwork related to you not voting.
Also, for the person who stated "If you force idiots to vote, idiots get elected", there is only one counter-argument: "George W. Bush"!
It is inconceivable to think that we are governed by political parties who are voted into power by such a small number of voters. I believe that it is the responsibility of each individual to make their opinions known regarding who they want in power. If you don't vote, you have no right to criticise the government and if it is not the government of your choice, at least you will know that the majority of the country did get what they wanted. You will never please everyone!
If nobody would be required to vote, then we would get stuck with horrible leaders who would make terrible laws and create awful policies. I understand if some people don't want to vote, but voting is an important contribution to your community. Voting is important because it shows you have a say in your country's future and that you care about what happens to it. Voting NEEDS TO BE REQUIRED!
Many people say that it takes away our right, but not fully. At least we are still given the privilege to vote, unlike other countries who DIE to earn the right to vote. Also, some people say that they may be ill or sick when the voting is on, but come on. The ballots are open for a week or so and there's also advanced voting. It would also at least try to encourage people to try to learn or get interested. It is definitely better than nothing. On the opposing team, many say it takes away our rights and freedom, but I'm saying that it's just more beneficial and can be a much better government and even a benefit to the people.
There is not point going out in large number for 1 against 99 debate , when it is because of our laziness , a small number is able to dominate . When we dont make them work why will they work. And regarding argument of representatives not keeping their promise , we have options of NOTA to tae care of that
I understand that if you don't want to do something in a democratic society you shouldn't have to, but that being said I don't really want to pay my taxes, but I do because its the law and obviously if I want health care, social programs, etc... Money is needed to support those things. I see no difference when it comes to voting. Canada has a system in place to elect leaders and have a say in your country. If people aren't going to use it, what is stopping someone from taking it away. Canada, one of the most democratic countries in the world is in the bottom 25% of all democratic countries when it comes to voting and frankly we should be ashamed. You don't have to like politicians or agree with everything they say, but I am sure there is something everyone can get behind.
It is an individual's choice whether they wish to vote or not vote in an election of any kind. Maybe they don't like the candidates given, maybe they don't care about the issues being voted on. There could be any number of reasons why they don't wish to vote, and it should not be forced upon them to do so if they don't wish to. Freedom and obligation don't go together. You're either free or you're not, and if you're forced to do something, anything, you're not free.
That's on top of the fact it totally illegitimizes the entire voting process. Which would you rather have at the ballots deciding an important election? Someone who wanted to be there and had an interest in the outcome, or someone who could care less but is forced to vote anyway? The answer should be obvious. Want a fair, honest election? Leave it to the hands of those who actually care about it, not those that do not.
So no voting should not be compulsory, it takes away the freedom of the people, and can change the outcomes of elections for the worse.
Voting is a right in a democracy and should not be made compulsory. People exercise the right to vote by choosing the candidate they feel is the best for the job, if they choose not to vote then that IS their choice. If voting were to be mandatory, the main problem would be that it means that we are no longer in a free and democratic society. This would be one of the first steps on a long slippery slope towards a dictatorship.
As everybody else commenting on here, I have a strong feeling about this subject. Isn't it a right to vote? Wouldn't making voting mandatory take away the right? It's what the our Country was build on. If we make it a law it's just going to be more criminals, becuase we all know that if its a law some people will not follow it. If you don't agree that's perfectly fine. This is what I think is right... Thanks for taking time to read this.
No, voting should not be compulsory. Individuals have the right to abstain from voting if they choose to. Many voters abstain when they cannot in good faith decide on a candidate. What would be the point of forcing a person to vote if they have not been able to decide which candidate is most deserving of their vote? Sometimes not voting sends a message. The rights and freedoms that we have in the United States should never be made compulsory. When we do this, we are no longer the United States, and no longer a free country.
When Americans have the right to vote, they also have the right not to vote. Many do not vote because they do not agree with any of the candidates, or they are not informed on politics. If all eligible voters are forced to take part in voting, this would mean many politically uninformed people would be voting. Many people already complain about how most Americans are not well informed about politics and they make mistakes with their voting choices, and this would only make it worse.
1- Doing so would be infringement of the fundamental right to liberty and tantamount to impose an authoritarian rule which is exactly opposite to democracy. Voting is a right not a duty, hence it should be left to the conscience of the person whether he would exercise his right or not.
This is because in a democracy , it ensures dignity and promotes freedom to the citizens. However , mandatory voting violates freedom of choice. Even if it is implemented , it will lead to random voting and may lead to political instability.
For instance , considering people having no knowledge about the politics going on in the country , they can't make a appropriate decision for which party to vote.
In many areas of the country , people aren't aware of the policies and activities undertaken by parties.
So , voting should not be compulsory.
Abstention is the third way , maybe the strongest , because it's a direct and open critic to the system . For this reason abstention could be considered the "democracy sentinel" vote. It's an open request to take care of the State, with the capital S. Giving people the possibility to tick an hypothetical "abstention box" would not be the same thing .
Why would we have to be obligated to vote i think in doing so it would just create yet another problem for us as a country like we need anymore of those. We the people have a civil right to not have to vote. So that being said definitely against
I think it`s a great thing to vote, but when it comes to getting a fine for a opinion. That a little much i believe. But if people wish to vote then vote, But if you don`t that`s fine just don`t complain when something you don`t like happening. Because that's what normally happens