Includes only "free" elections. Voter turnout varies considerably between nations. Confusingly, some of the factors that cause internal differences do not seem to apply on a global level. For instance, nations with better-educated populaces do not have higher turnouts.
But we can know with near certainty that voter turnout will be abysmal and that the results will be not so much a mandate as a skewed sampling of about half the electorate. Many reforms could increase turnout, from same-day registration to voting on weekends.
But the most basic is also the most appropriate: Mandatory voting would make elections truly valid. But if we truly cared about the integrity of elections, we should ensure that they reflect the will of all eligible voters.
If the full range of voters actually voted, our political leaders, who are exquisitely attuned followers, would go where the votes are: Third, mandatory voting would prompt more Americans to pay attention to the choices.
Those of us who lament the decline of civic knowledge generally focus on the supply side of the equation: There are many arguments against mandatory voting; each reflects a lack of faith in democracy itself.
One says that increasing the number of uninformed voters will lead to worse policymaking. That presumes, however, that policymaking today sets a high-water mark of enlightenment.
It also sets up a viciously antidemocratic circle: Election Is Up to You Another critique claims that requiring the vote devalues it, and that compelled voters will protest by voting carelessly.
The existence of a mandate has made voting a meaningful shared national experience. Some Republicans will oppose mandatory voting for the reason they now push voter IDs: Conventional wisdom says the more people who vote, the worse the GOP does. But if a tactic of disenfranchisement and electorate-amputation makes sense for the party which is debatableit is terrible for the country.
One day Republicans could benefit. The most visceral critique is that mandating voting is just un-American. Yet jury duty, the draft, going to school, and taxpaying all have been compulsory without being called communist OK, three out of four.
At issue is what makes something American — and what makes liberty liberty. The Revolution and the framing of the Constitution were not about the right merely to be let alone or to do whatever one pleased.
They were about our liberty to govern and represent ourselves. Core to that liberty is electing representatives and voting on public issues. Generations marched, fought and died for the right to vote. The least we can do now is treat that right like a responsibility.
He was a speechwriter and policy adviser to President Clinton. The views expressed are solely his own. Liu's latest book is The Gardens of Democracy:Supporters of compulsory voting suggest that it is a moral and political duty to vote and that in the interest of fairness, all should vote because all experience the consequences of electoral outcomes.
Obama wants mandatory voting because it would allow the federal government to take control of a process granted to the states in the Constitution. Foreword by the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General. This government is determined to deliver on its manifesto commitment to continue to be the most transparent government in the.
If the voting is not mandatory, an unaware person will never be compelled to vote and one might think that if one is not helping in the government formation process, one is not harming it either.
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