Responsibility to Vote

TitleResponsibility to Vote
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2010
Date Published08/2010
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractIn Australia, voting is compulsory for all citizens. Australians who do not vote and cannot provide a valid reason for not doing so face a fine. As in the United States, Australians can choose to leave the ballot blank, declining to vote for any candidate. Proponents for compulsory voting in the U.S. argue that along with it being a citizen's duty to participate in decision making, it would make elections less expensive as parties would not have to spend money and resources "getting out the vote" and that a higher election turnout with lead to a higher level of democracy. Opponents argue t hat people may resent being forced to come to the voting place and that many will not be informed about their choices which could lead to porer quality elected officials.
NotesAssociation of Practical and Professional Ethics Regional Cases 2010
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