Mandatory voting

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by DS, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Although its importance in this old world pales in comparison to the choice that you Americans are facing,we too are having an election in the near future.There's a debate going on about whether compulsory voting would be a good or a bad thing.There is the argument that by forcing people to vote,there will be those that just pick anyone,which could be fixed by changing the candidate order in different ridings.Or people just spoiling ballots would be better than none.
    I'm not sure how it would pan out in the USA,but here,I think if you have no interest,or have the "they're all the same"attitude,I'd rather you did not vote.As of today,32 countries have compulsory voting in some shape or form.America on average,has a very low turn out,about 51%,we are slightly higher at around 59%,maybe the politicians like it this way.
    interesting notes from wik....
    Although voting in a country may be compulsory, penalties for failing to vote are not always strictly enforced. In Australia and Brazil, providing a legitimate reason for not voting (e.g. being in hospital) is accepted. In Argentina, those who were ill on voting day, or over 500 kilometers away from their voting place are also excused, by requesting a doctor to prove their condition, in the first case; or asking for a certificate at a police station near where they are, in the second case.
  2. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I don't thnk that there should be mandatory voting. There are a lot of people that don't have a clue about the political process and are simply not informed enough to cast a ballot. If somebody doesn't have a clue about what is going on, then they need to stay away from the ballot box on Election Day.
  3. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    Agreed. Why just think there are actually people in the world that think Obama is qualified to be president. :happy-very:
  4. paidslave

    paidslave New Member

    A few I chatted with too!

    :hockeyplayer:Here's another one After election day!
  5. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    The problem is the people who have no business in the ballot box, and have no clue, will be carted in, with a cheat sheet on election day. They are actually the ones who should not vote.
    I think instead of mandatory voting, there should be a test TO vote. And if you know no candidate or current events, you should go home.
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    There should also be a test before you are allowed to become a parent. If you don't have a job or a place to live you shouldn't be allowed to have kids.
  7. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    Yes true but that one is a little rougher.
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I'm sure Mrs. Palin would agree with you.
  9. paidslave

    paidslave New Member

    And when you turn legal age to collect social security take em in the woods and pop em a few times too!
  10. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

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  11. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    If he's a muslim communist, missing all those votes, wouldn't that be a good thing? Would not the same be true for all the golf days and vacation days he takes?
  12. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    Compelling me to purchase a product that doesn't meet or fit my needs seems to me is the pinnacle of draconian power made worse by forcing me into the store in the first place.

    Would we tolerate a commercial entity who positioned themselves to be able to do this to us? When you see politicians as mere products and votes as currency, compulsory voting just becomes another nail in the coffin of personal freedom and choice.

    If compelled to vote, I would intentionally vote for the absolute worst candidate on the ballot and encourage others to do the same in the hopes of making our condition more dire forcing the reality of needed change to set in.

    But the utter impossibility of this action is made so by the reality of trying to determine just which candidate is truly the worst in the first place at achieving those ends.

    Maybe that speaks volumes to why the growing trend of non voters is actually growing to begin with.
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    ...hence the "write-in" option...
  14. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut The One Who Knocks

    I'm all for mandatory voting, so long as there is a None of the Above option on the ballot.
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  15. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    Ya , I'm tired of writing in the neighbor's dog for office .
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    None of the Above would win in a landslide.
  17. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    I oppose even with such option. Forcing me into a store yet not forcing me to buy is still force. None of you would tolerate such a private action so why contradict yourself on a collective public level?

    Besides, the none of the above option is already there. Write in bold print on the ballot "None of the Above" and turn it in. Take a photo, post it on the net and encourage others to follow suit and then see what happens. Count the non voter as none of the above and that position already wins and seems to be growing in number with each election. What does it already say now that several of you believe that none of the above would win if such option were available? Yet, how do you still vote on election day?

    Maybe the fact that such option is not available on any ballot is saying something but you're not open to the idea enough of hearing it.
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Is that even allowed?
  19. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    F' em, do it anyway.

    Crush the bastards!
  20. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    At least give him a campaign donation. A box of dog bones would be appreciated I'm sure. ;)