Posted by lola on .
In some countries such as AUSTRALIA, citizens are required BY LAW to vote in a national election.If they are over 18-years-old they must be registerd to vote and if they fail to go to their polling place on election day, they may be subject to a fine.
And the quetion is SHOULD THE UNITED STATES ADOPT THE SAME SYSTEM?.....
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If everyone were required to vote, theoretically everyone would have a voice in government.
But would they? Would some people turn in a nearly blank ballot? Would some people just mark anything?
How do you think people who don't want to vote would feel? Are their feelings important?
Another thought -- would more people vote if registering to vote and obtaining absentee ballots were easier? Would more people vote if elections were held on Saturday -- or if all election days were legal holidays?
Is it the American way to force people to vote? Or would forcing people to vote be more like traffic laws?
My opinion - Yes, all citizens should be required to vote. If you want to enjoy the privilege of a democracy, representative govt., then you have an obligation to vote. I also think that one should have a driver's license that can be marked when voting and if it is not marked then you lose the privilege of driving. I am just one of those people who believes that you earn privileges by accepting responsibilites.
Does republican democracy still work if it is forced?! Should not the right to refuse to do something be a free choice as well so long as it does infringe on the liberties of others?!