Compulsory Voting For A Representative Democracy

2013 WordsMar 8, 20159 Pages
Voting compulsion can very simply be defined as the process of electoral participation being law binding. However, the process and fundamentals of compulsory voting are not as simple. Twomey, in her article Compulsory Voting In A Representative Democracy: Choice, Compulsion, And The Maximization Of Participation In Australian Elections describes compulsory voting to stand “… at the intersection between the principles of maximum participation of the people in elections and the expression of genuine choice.” Within this essay, I critique compulsory voting to show that it is a contradiction to basic civil liberty, it will be straining in terms of cost to enforce, and that random voting is most likely to distort results and with it the validity of our governmental system. I show this through the analyzation of several scholarly works in contrast to the arguments of critics who ensure that compulsory voting is for the greater good of society. However, this essay will refute this point by addressing the downfalls to this system and how these downfalls cannot be overlooked simply because of turnout. While people or individuals who are part of a democratic system may have the responsibility to vote, compulsory voting isn 't necessarily justifiable under a democracy. This is not to say that only countries that are democratic practice voting compulsion-take Egypt and Singapore for example. However, the right to vote, a privilege within the western world, is also a primary counter
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