Countries like Australia have mandatory voting to increase political participation. In the face of growing public disillusionment with politics and a substantial amount of the adult populace who refuse to vote in elections, should voting be mandatory?
The state should not be able to force people to participate politically if they do not want to.
People should actively want to vote
People should want to vote, rather than being forced to do so.
People should have a right to opt out of voting
The government has no right to force people to participate if they do not want to.
Many people will pay a fine over having to vote
Introducing a fine for not voting does not actually increase voting rates.
As citizens, people have a responsibility to the state to participate politically.
Mandatory voting would raise participation
Mandatory voting will, fundamentally, increase political engagement.
Mandatory voting would increase democratic legitimacy
The government is often not overseen by someone with a majority of votes, making it democratically illegitimate.
Voting is a public good
Political participation is a public service that should be compulsory.
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