Vote, or else (not a modest proposal)

We value our democracy, but few appear to appreciate the value of that idea (based on registered voters who actually vote). Suppose instead the voting system we claim to treasure above all others reflected a duty to defend it. A few adjustments to the current system might be worth considering: 1. Make voting mandatory. How you'd enforce that is unclear, but the Australians appear to have some ideas. 2. Require voters to pass a simple test of the policies put forward by those they're voting for. Should you be able to demonstrate you have actual knowledge of a candidate's platform and proposed initiatives, then your vote counts. Fail, and your vote goes into the trash and you pay a small penalty for wasting your role in democracy. 3. Require voters to stand by their choice - no more anonymous voting. Here, you can answer to your neighbour as they answer to you. Don't want to pay a vehicle registration tax? Fine. Your use of infrastructure is plainly spelled out as a burden you expect everyone else to carry.


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  • commented 2015-07-06 21:56:18 -0400
    I agree with the facts that people should know who they are voting for. On the flip side, those policies that are promised should be respected as well
  • commented 2015-07-06 21:56:18 -0400
    I agree with the facts that people should know who they are voting for. On the flip side, those policies that are promised should be respected as well
  • commented 2015-07-06 17:01:44 -0400
    Our right to choose is the core principle of democracy. People should want to vote and vote wisely but the right to abstain cannot be denied. Forcing people to participate in the democratic process is not democratic.
  • commented 2015-07-06 16:51:34 -0400
    A vote for the best of the worst is better than no vote a all. Things will only improve if we work at it. Sitting back and doing nothing is not a solution.
  • commented 2015-07-06 16:14:27 -0400
    How incredibly authoritarian. What if someone does not support any of the candidates? You want to government to force people to vote for someone they do not believe in? Yeah, that’s government at it finest: disallow people from doing what they believe in doing, and force them to do what they don’t believe in doing. Then call it freedom and democracy.
  • commented 2015-07-06 14:31:19 -0400
    Make voting compulsory. Voting is a privilege , also a right and with rights go responsibilities. There are no excuses for not voting and fines would be imposed.
  • published this page in Remedies • Canada 2015-01-29 22:56:06 -0500

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