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. Opinions? 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.