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Should voting be compulsory?
« on: 08 September, 2014, 05:55:42 PM »
In some countries, voting is compulsory, and I have to say that I can't think of a more appropriate compulsory voting reason than a referendum on nationality such as the upcoming Scotland independence vote.  So why isn't voting compulsory in the UK, and if it was, what would be the likely ramifications for UK democracy?

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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #1 on: 09 September, 2014, 10:09:45 AM »
I personally think it should be compulsory, like in Australia, with a "none of the above" option for those that don't care/hate every politician.

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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #2 on: 09 September, 2014, 10:40:56 AM »
I personally think it should be compulsory, like in Australia, with a "none of the above" option for those that don't care/hate every politician.

Mmmmm! I shudder to think of the  time that would be taken up by the courts, and the enormous cost, in prosecutions of those who have been summonsed for failing to vote.
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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #3 on: 09 September, 2014, 01:16:34 PM »
Or voting for anyone, probably the top option, in the absence of a 'none of the above' option. Thus skewing the result?? Possibly??
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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #4 on: 29 September, 2014, 11:11:33 PM »
The other option would be to turn up and put a cross in every box.

Or alternatively tear the paper up and hand it back.
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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #5 on: 29 September, 2014, 11:39:25 PM »
if you have to vote isn't 'none of the above' a redundant option?

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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #6 on: 30 September, 2014, 09:27:20 AM »
 I don't think compulsary voting is a good idea; most people who don't vote presumably aren't interested so are unlikely to know enough about the contenders to make a sensible choice.

Others may think things will be just as bad whichever way they may vote so will vote thoughtlessy.

People who vote without being forced to have usually weighed up the pros and cons and make informed choices whereas compulsary voting is akin to a Lucky Dip.

Perhaps if there was compulsary voting and an option to vote for 'None of the above',  the non-interested people may put their cross there and maybe shake up the politicians enough to change their attitudes.


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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #7 on: 30 September, 2014, 07:42:06 PM »
It would give a better alternative to the protest vote that put the SNP in power in Scotland
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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #8 on: 02 October, 2014, 10:49:50 AM »
I'm with Mrs Too on this one. For years I didn't vote simply because nothing ever seems to change...to paraphrase Ken Livingstone "If voting changed anything, they'd ban it".

For the last few general and more importantly local elections I have voted but I fully support people who don't vote. I can see their point...it's usually raining cats and dogs  and there's nothing better than being nice and dry at home watching John Snow's antics.
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Should voting be compul
« Reply #9 on: 11 December, 2014, 12:13:55 PM »
They also didnt have compulsory drugtesting on the athletes in Greece, shall we abolish that too?

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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #10 on: 24 April, 2015, 09:43:10 AM »
Living in a country where voting is compulsory I think that it's a good idea.

I believe that it makes young people mature sooner because they are required to register to vote at 18. The research into candidates and current policies improves their contact with the world.

Those who don't vote in Australia receive a fine in the mail. If they don't have a good reason they must pay it or see it snowball into a heavier (and heavier) fine, progressively.

Voter turnout is usually 80 - 90 %. Spoiled votes have been increasing in recent years due apparently to voter dissatisfaction with the major parties and politicians in general.
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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #11 on: 24 April, 2015, 11:00:12 AM »
I think compulsory voting should be introduced and enforced.

But we should go further.

Polling Stations should be abolished forthwith and all polling stations instantly
replaced with voting now taking place in pubs.

That'll pull in the voters.

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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #12 on: 24 April, 2015, 11:07:56 AM »
Yeah!And like the blood donor set-up - after voting you get a free pint and packet of crisps for doing the right thing! Joy

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Re: Should voting be compulsory?
« Reply #13 on: 24 April, 2015, 11:18:15 AM »
I'll drink to that!
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