The bigger parties have better organisational resources to get their voters out and so, if voting is compulsory, there is more of a level playing field with smaller parties. What he does in the polling booth is between him and his Creator. The government should not be authorized to enforce compulsory voting, on basis that this act is unconstitutional. The law can also allow people to give a valid reason for why they did not vote. It's far from being democratic.
The state imposes a range of other requirements such as the duty for parents to see that their children are educated and the duty to wear seat belts. Universal voting would change the presumptions in favor of broad democratic participation and put states on the side of promoting that goal. The decision not to vote is therefore a rational one for those who have not put in the time or effort to discern which electoral choice is best for them or their country. Legal cases have been brought in defence of the right not to vote but to date no court has enforced it. If all people are forced to go voting, this inequality will be balanced. It was in 1928 that universal suffrage had been granted in the United Kingdom.
. Prior to that time, people fought to have the right to vote so their opinions could be voiced, yet now we have that right, voting does not seem so significant. Alarmed by a decline in voter turnout to less than 60 percent in the early 1920s, Australia adopted a law in 1924 requiring all citizens to present themselves at the polling place on Election Day. Many assert that not voting is a fundamental right, a free expression of political discontent. American voter ignorance has become a familiar fact.
He stated the government should not force citizens to vote or threaten them with a fine. Compulsory voting was introduced in 1893 for men and in 1948 for women, following universal female suffrage. This should also mean more pressure on politicians to represent the beliefs of all citizens. However, voters that are between 16 and 18 and voters that are older than 70 have the option to vote or not. If we moved to a voluntary system, with the level of disenchantment and disengaged voters we have now, no one would vote. They need a pseudo legal way to discourage honest opposition voters more than fraudulent ones. Of course, there are anomalies.
So why should voting be? Knowing that turnout would be substantially increased would lead to far more active campaigning by all political parties. Three percent of all Australian ballots were marked X for none of the above Ornstein. In all democracies around the world voter apathy is highest among the poorest and most excluded sectors of society. There is no question that many people are disengaged with politics, as reflected recently by some both on a local and national level. Some voters will make a random choice on the ballot paper because they have to vote. Should it be true that the right to vote could be waived and hence in itself be a right not to vote and deserve constitutional protection? There would also, in all likelihood, be another seismic political shift shaped by the makeup of the newly enfranchised and currently underrepresented groups. Till now, there are 32 countries with compulsory voting around the world.
And both feel entitled to the plundered wealth. Australia does though and those who have not voted receive a penalty notice. When we do this, we are no longer the United States, and no longer a free country. The compulsory voting age was reduced to 18 in 1974. Before I go any further with what my views are, I would like to clear, the basic definition of the word- Vote.
Sometimes the gut feeling of the masses needs to take control. Spoilt ballots count for around 6% of the total votes cast in the 2010 election. There have been no policy initiatives on the subject from the Labor government at that time or since. Others may be well-informed, but have no preference for any particular candidate, or may have no wish to give support to the incumbent political system. The only suit like that in recent memory is the one filed in the final days of the Bush administration against the New Black Panther Party for intimidating voters and poll watchers in Philadelphia in 2008 — and the Justice Department promptly dismissed that lawsuit almost as soon as Eric Holder took over. If voting becomes compulsory, the government will be compelled to punish those who violate it. They relied on honest and wise people to represent the people to lessen the probability of mob rule.
The highest turnout since then 58. For the voters that are obliged to vote, their abstention from voting implies in… 2123 Words 9 Pages participation; Great Britain is a great example of this. If citizens had a legal obligation to vote, managers of our electoral process would in turn have an obligation to make it as simple as possible for voters to discharge this duty. As my former Justice Department colleague J. And how did they get a reply listed twice simultaneously? In Brazil, people who fail to vote in an election are barred from obtaining a passport and subject to other restrictions until settling their situation before an electoral court or after they have voted in the two most recent elections.