Australia mandating vote
On October 19, eligible Canadians can exercise a right that is fundamental in a representative democracy.
By marking a ballot, citizens have the power to vote for a national government they believe will best speak for their interests.
While giving a speech just this past March, President Obama expressed his support for mandatory voting. In the most recent 2014 midterm elections voter turnout rates were at their lowest levels since 1942, with less than 37% of the eligible population making it to the polls.
Seeing compulsory voting as a way to combat the influence of money in politics, he said: Obama’s concern regarding voter turnout in the U. In addition, voter turnout can be as low as 4% when municipalities hold special elections.
And it would ease the intense partisan polarization that weakens both our capacity for self-government and public trust in our governing institutions.
Because compulsory voting is a hot topic in the United States, as well as our neighbor up north, it is important to consider some of the pros and cons of such a policy: Not surprisingly, one of the main arguments which champions of the policy present in favor of compulsory voting is that it leads to drastically higher voter turnout rates.
and the related state laws, voting is compulsory in Commonwealth, state and territory elections.
Voters line up at a polling station during Brazil’s national election in Belo Holizonte on Oct. In Brazil, voting is mandatory for those 18 and over. voters show up to the polls during a midterm election than a presidential election.
Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images Despite all of the U. media’s fanfare about Tuesday’s midterm elections, most eligible voters likely will duck their civic duties on Election Day. However, 22 nations around the world make voting mandatory for its citizens, often starting at age 18, according to the CIA World Factbook.