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Is mandatory voting a good idea?

Background and context

Due to low voter turnout in elections, some respectable scholars have called for mandatory voting.

Active participation ?


- Mandatory participation increases the quantity of votes. Each and every citizen would have given his first preference and this would help in complete participation of all the citizens in the political affairs of the country.


Forced active participation can reduce the quality of votes. Allowing or rather forcing ignorant people to vote can hamper the thoughtful votes of citizens who vote for with a reason rather than because of the coercion.

Democracy- at its best  ?


Participation of all the people in the democracy. It would ensure the basic way of having the people participate in the government works and thus exercise their democratic right


Forced participation defies the purpose of having the ‘right’ to vote. It is not democratic to force people to vote. It is a right, which a person can choose to use as per his/her will.

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