He says showing up to the polls every so often is not a huge burden. I understand if some people don't want to vote, but voting is an important contribution to your community. It turns out, however, that in this case their decision to abstain may have been very costly. Compulsory voting in Australia was adopted in the state of in 1915 and subsequently adopted nationwide in 1924. Compulsory voting violates the right of an individual to freedom of expression, and produces highly undesirable anti-democratic outcomes. 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. When we receive a summons for jury duty, we are required to present ourselves at the court. It's an open request to take care of the State, with the capital S. Table 4 shows informal voting at the last five elections: Table 4 — Informal voting % Informal 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 House of Reps 3. Isn't it a right to vote? But on the other side for a government, this small fine is enough to drive the voters to the polls.
Although it could compel the citizens to educate themselves, there is also the possibility that those who are honestly not interested will be forced to vote. The highest turnout since then 58. Participation in self-rule is an expression of gratitude for the freedom we have to govern ourselves. By not having this system people are denying themselves of their opinion. If all eligible voters are forced to take part in voting, this would mean many politically uninformed people would be voting. No or very limited line ups… just walk in, get your name marked off and then if you choose to vote.
Ideally, a democracy will take into account the interests and views of all citizens so that its decisions represent the will of the entire people. Violates Freedom of Choice For some people, voting should be a right not a duty. Thirdly, voting is compulsory because it helps in the development of the country in various fields such as political, social, as well as the economic field. Firstly, Not all people can attend voting all the time. Fosters Enfranchisement When voting is not mandatory, it often disenfranchises minorities — those people who are impoverished and uneducated.
Are you pro- or anti-compulsory voting? The reality is that, compulsory voting or not, some people just don't care much about politics. In order to address the problem, concerned political parties agreed to introduce a system of compulsory voting, and a private member's bill to amend the Electoral Act was introduced in 1924. Compulsion is part of a slippery slope to totalitarianism. Parties would behave differently in a voluntary voting regime, so it is difficult to form conclusions derived from existing data. As Obama , mandatory coting would at least curb the influence of the latter. Professor McAllister said there was no reliable data on how many people are fined each year for failing to vote however he said it was estimated to be about 2000-3000 people per year. Increase Law Enforcement Costs It will require a considerable amount of money to enforce such law.
Mandatory voting would get everyone involved! People and politicians are encouraged to act according to what the majority needs, and not according to the individual interests of their political party. Promote Political Stability Where there is division there is instability. Is that really what democracy is about? If you don't agree that's perfectly fine. With Australia's compulsory voting system comes additional flexibility for the voter — elections are held on Saturdays, absent voters can vote in any state polling place, and voters in remote areas can vote before an election at pre-poll voting centers or via mail. He argues that a non-compulsory voting system would encourage Australians to be more involved.
If the other 36% had voted I'm sure there would have been a different turn out. On the other hand, making voting mandatory and even imposing penalties for not voting may be deemed as contradictory to freedom. 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? List of Pros of Compulsory Voting 1. He writes: The median voter is incompetent at politics. Compulsory voting is an issue for the federal parliament. Social scientists have shown that higher quality government tends to cause higher turnout. It would be a violation of fundamental rights to punish people who refuse to practice their right to suffrage.
It is, however, possible to determine that an elector has attended a polling place or mobile polling team or applied for a postal vote, pre-poll vote or absent vote and been issued with a ballot paper. Australians seem to be no more politically educated and are perhaps less so than citizens of comparable countries for example, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom that use voluntary voting. The right to vote is the most fundamental tenet of democracy and yet millions do not exercise it. Compulsory voting is conducive to a higher level of interest in politics amongst the general population. Voting as a Civic Duty Proponents of compulsory voting argue that voting is a civic duty comparable to other duties citizens perform, such as taxation, compulsory education and jury duty. The list includes nine members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and two-thirds of the Latin American nations.