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peter lindsay

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In a democracy should voting be compulsory

I am really undecided on this one. I see examples of both having effects I don't like. In Australia voting is compulsory so elections are often decided by a small group of swinging voters. This has resulted in the homogenisation of the two major political parties as they both fight over the middle ground. In the US I see elections swung by appealing to the extremes as an election where only half the population vote can be decided by encouraging a small extremist group to take part. The middle majority don't vote as they can't make up their minds. How do we get an election result that is truly indicative of the wishes of the whole population without homogenising the debate to the point where the parties are indestinguishable?

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  • May 11 2012: In Canada, I've heard, ( and believe it ) only about one in 15 people really vote.
    I suppose the "real statistics" could be manipulated into reinforcing whatever point of view you want to adhere to.
    But here, the 'majority of voters' are a minority of the population, but also a majority of the money, too.

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