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Old 07-28-2006, 01:51 AM   #16
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BEG, you're going to get publically hanged now Every time I bring this up, the people riot. The US prefers to have only educated and middle class voters regardless of party.
I just want to clarify my earlier post, in case someone misread my intent. When I used the word "educated", I didn't mean educated in the school sence. I meant do they actually know or care what the canidate stands for?

I just wanted to make myself clear.
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Old 07-28-2006, 03:05 AM   #17
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BEG, you're going to get publically hanged now Every time I bring this up, the people riot. The US prefers to have only educated and middle class voters regardless of party. Forcing every Tom Dick and Harry will ensure you get 50% -odd of votes from those with no opinion or who have been forced to vote. Seems the US doesn't want that. Besides, it's constitutional or something to have a choice to participate in the democratic process.
Ooooh, I've never caused a riot before!
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I've always thought compulsory voting to be one of the stupidest elements of the Australian electoral system. Rest assurred, next year, I will scribble on that ballot paper and write "I'll do a decent vote when I can vote for decent candidates".

If people don't want to vote, whether out of laziness or disgust with candidates or whatever other reason, then they shouldn't have to vote, and I think any incentives or laws just encourage people to vote for all the wrong reasons.

The funny part is, voting is not compulsory in NZ, and if I remember correctly, we get a turnout of 80%+ each time around. Edit: I just checked on Wikipedia, and in the last 100 years, with elections every three years, only three elections have had a turnout below 80%. The record turnout was 93.7% in 1984.
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I'm not for compulsory voting, but I am for encouraging as many people to vote as is possible. Yes, it's cheap to offer money for a vote, but if the alternative is to not have the person vote, I'd rather use the money. The best way to encourage voting is to make it interesting and enjoyable. There needs to be a way to make politics interesting to people in general. Right now too many think it's boring. This has to be fixed because it's *not* boring.
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