10 of the 30 members of the OECD have compulsory voting.

If countries have a singular goal of simply increasing voter turnout, compulsory voting could remedy this problem and it should be more accurately defined as being compulsory voter turnout (Lever, 2010)....

Compulsory voting in the context of a democratic society can be a misleading term (Lever, 2010).

When enrolment and voting at federal elections was introduced for Australian Aborigines in 1949 it was voluntary, and continued to be so until 1984 when enrolment and voting became compulsory for all eligible electors.


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Victoria introduced compulsory voting in 1926, NSW and Tasmania in 1928, WA in 1936 and SA in 1942.

Compulsory voting is an issue for the federal parliament. The AEC does not have an official view. Its role is to conduct elections according to the electoral law in force at the time.


What are the pros and cons to compulsory voting

Another argument against compulsory voting is the question of what methods will be used to enforce voting. What will happen to those who do not vote? Would enforcement methods constitute bullying? Wouldn’t this negate a fair election and undermine the democratic process? As it stands, over 50 Australians have been sentenced to prison for not voting. Is this the kind of society we wish to live in? It’s likely that the more vulnerable members of society will be the ones penalised.

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Then again, because there’s always a ‘then again’, it could also be claimed that it is every citizen’s duty to vote; a responsibility. Just as the government works for the people, the people have a responsibility to make sure that the country is run properly. It could be seen to legitimise the government and legitimise the decisions Parliament makes. Furthermore, compulsory voting appears to have worked in countries such as Australia, where it has been in place since 1924. It is now seen as part of the Australian culture and Australian citizens are used to it.

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If voting is compulsory, then the government represents the views of the majority of the population, not just the opinions of those who are already interested in politics. It is also a good way to garner more awareness of politics and the election.

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Could mandatory voting in the UK prove to be a useful weapon in the fight against voter apathy? The Guardian website indicates that when compulsory voting was abolished in the Netherlands in 1967, in the following election the turnout decreased by around 20%. A similar scenario occurred in Venezuela, which saw a drop in attendance of 30% after compulsory voting was eradicated there in 1993. So – ye. It could be one way to ensure a high turnout on polling day. It could also be argued that with our current system, the main political parties only concentrate on those who are sure to vote and give up all others as a lost cause.