Australia mandating vote

Voting is not an intrinsic obligation and the enforcement of the law would be an infringement of the citizens' freedom associated with democratic elections.

It may discourage the political education of the electorate because people forced to participate will react against the perceived source of oppression.

voters show up to the polls during a midterm election than a presidential election.

In Australia, failure to vote can result in a fine, The New York Times reported.

Lastly, if democracy is government by the people, presumably this includes all people, then it is every citizen's responsibility to elect their representatives.

The leading argument against compulsory voting is that it is not consistent with the freedom associated with democracy.

This spectrum implies that some countries formally have compulsory voting laws but do not, and have no intention to, enforce them. Mandatory voting laws that do not include sanctions may fall into this category.

Some consider that participation at elections is also a citizen's civic responsibility.

The simple presence or absence of mandatory voting laws in a constitution is far too simplistic.

It is more constructive to analyse compulsory voting as a spectrum ranging from a symbolic, but basically impotent, law to a government which systematic follow-up of each non-voting citizen and implement sanctions against them. Some laws are created to merely state the government's position regarding what the citizen's responsibility should be.

Voters who are voting against their free will may check off a candidate at random, particularly the top candidate on the ballot.

The voter does not care whom they vote for as long as the government is satisfied that they fulfilled their civic duty.

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