Mandatory voting sounds like a great idea. If everyone is required to vote, according to the President, then it will be the end of bought and paid for politicians. It is a lovely idea. It is about everyone having a say in governing the nation. It sounds beautiful. Studies show that mandatory voting in an country provides for less income inequity. Also, more liberals, who tend not to vote the way conservatives do, would be required to vote. This would, perhaps turn the country liberal – socialists.
Mandatory voting is not the same as automatic voter registration, which is an excellent thing. Can you imagine a country where, the moment you turn 18, your social security number and card becomes your voter registration number and card? I think automatic voter registration is an idea whose time has come. But, mandatory voting is not a good idea.
First, it violates the First Amendment. A person has a right not to vote. They have a right not to be threatened or fined when they don’t vote. By forcing someone to vote, it automatically corrupts the entire idea of freedom of speech, and democracy. The country is no longer a democracy.
You might want to check the list of countries who sponsor mandatory voting. In Egypt and Fiji not voting can be punished by imprisonment. Have you noticed anything about the list? With the exception of Australia and Belgium, none of these countries are raging democracies. With the exception of Australia, all are second and third world countries.
- Austria – ended the practice in 1992
- Chile – ended the practice in 2012
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- Fiji – ended the practice in 2012
- France – ended in 1960
- Guatemala – ended in 1990
- Italy – ended in 1993
- Netherlands – ended in 1967
- Philippines – ended by martial law
- Spain – ended in 1923
- Switzerland – only in 1 canton, abolished in 1974
- Georgia – USA (I didn’t know this)
- Venezuela – ended in 1993
Viable and vital nations do not have mandatory voting. It is a front for a dictatorship. Once people lose the freedom not to vote, then we’ve lost all of our freedoms.