View Poll Results: In your view, should voting be compulsory?

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  • Yes, for all citizens, in all circumstances.

    4 12.50%
  • Only in special situations, if the voting turnout is too low.

    1 3.13%
  • No, because it undermines the idea of democracy and freedom.

    12 37.50%
  • No, because I don't believe in voting.

    5 15.63%
  • No, for other reason. - Please name it.

    7 21.88%
  • I've an other view.

    3 9.38%
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Thread: Should Non-Voters Be Fined? Should Voting Be Compulsory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BritishWitch View Post
    If it gets people to actually vote, then why not?
    For a very simple reason. Because most people are ignorant and don't really get the political system. Maybe you feel like an activist for voting, but democracy is really a sham. Rarely does the majority make a sound decision. Intelligent statesmen like Hitler realized that and banned political parties and elections after being in power.

    Oh, and it isn't going to get me to vote.

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    I voted no because it should be very non-democratic to force people to vote. I voted this:

    No, because it undermines the idea of democracy and freedom.

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    I live in a constitutional republic and not a democracy. We have about a 25% voter turn-out for elections. If that is all people care about how things are, there is no point in forcing them to polls. They would just vote poorly anyhow.
    I am more concered that citizens are reaching adulthood after graduating from state-subsidized public schools and universities with no understanding of the American Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    I have heard engineers and school teachers make the most completely daft statements regarding Constitutional issues. Education seems to be no barrier to ignorance.

    There is no power granted to my government that allows them to herd sheep to the polls... and I am happier for it, I assure you all.

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    Voting should not be forced. If participation is low then my vote has more weight.

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    No one should be able to force me to vote when there´s no party on the list I´d vote for by free will. I want to have my right to not vote if I feel like that. Voting is something very personal and the state has no right to obligate me to give my vote.

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    I agree with Valkyrie above.

    Voting is by definition, A formal expression of preference for a candidate for office. In a situation where the voter cannot find a preference I feel forced voting serves only to force a result, thereby contradicting the concept of voting in the first place.

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    Compulsory voting is a bad idea. Which parties would benefit from such a law? Those non-voters, if forced to vote, might elect some real idiots into office. Or crooks. 100 x worst then Bush-Cheney. As it is I'm against the universl franchise because I don't think most of the people currently participating in the electoral process are fit to choose our leaders.

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    I don't believe in democracy. I don't know how many more years of this we'll have to go through for people to realize it's crazy.

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    I believe in compulsory voting, but there should always be a no vote option, i.e a reopen nominations or as we do in England, spoil your ballet paper option. That way the government can judge who is unhappy rather than who just couldn't be bothered to vote.

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    If you have a democracy,
    and the people have a choice,
    the choice should be also not to vote if you don't want.
    You can't force people to enjoy their freedoms.
    It's like a paradox.

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