Voting should not be compulsory. In fact I believe that it should be regulated, so only people educated on politics, no matter their beliefs, should be able to vote. I believe voting should be weighted based on one's contributions to society. For example, people who pay the most taxes get the most say in their leaders. Through this, taxpayers have a greater say in their leaders, and where their money goes.
It should not be required by law for anyone to vote on the elections. The number one reason I can think of is not everyone actually pays attention or understands politics and economics, which are the big two things that get voted on. I do not want people just placing something random down because they got forced into, we need honest opinions not guesses.
Voting in Australia should not be compulsory
• Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Ecuador, Fiji, Greece, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nauru, Peru, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey and Uruguay, all have one thing in common, they all have compulsory voting.
• Australia is one of 19 countries’ that legally enforce compulsory voting. Queensland began enforcing this law in 1915. This was then followed by the rest of Australia in 1924. I strongly disagree with this law for all the following reasons.
• Firstly some individuals dislike the idea of being "forced" to vote, particularly if they have no interest in politics or have no knowledge of the individual candidates. Others may be well-informed, but do not have a true preference for any particular candidate. Meaning voters may vote at random simply to fulfill their duty of voting.
• Secondly compulsory voting may break other rights for example; religious rights, Jehovah’s Witness and most christadelphians believe they should not participate in political events. Forcing them to vote, supposedly excludes their freedom of religious practice. Another group disagreeing to compulsory voting are principled nonvoters. They believe that the political process is inherently corrupt and violent, and prefer to minimize their personal involvement with it.
• Thirdly Compulsory registration and voting reduces the authority of elected representatives. Majorities in Australian elections include the votes of many uninterested and uninformed people who vote just because they have to.
• Fourthly Australians seem to be less politically educated than citizens of countries that use voluntary voting.
• And finally compulsory voting has made the Australian political system unresponsive. If voting were made voluntary, it would make the political system more interesting. Parties and candidates would have to do more to convince the voters to the vote for them.
• In conclusion Australia is one of 19 countries that still enforce compulsory voting; I strongly believe that voting in Australia should become voluntary for all the reasons above.