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Obtaining a Representative Democracy
John Wrote:I'm still trying to figure out what happens to someone who disregards Compulsory Voting and simply does not vote? What will benevolent authorities do, place a lien on their home, send them to jail, castigate them with harsh language, or just turn a blind eye? Will the State exercise it's ability to use force, by rounding up the non-voters and "fill in the blank"?
No one is frog marched to a polling station, you can opt not to vote but there is a penalty, in Australia it's a fine, in the UK, where the electoral roll is combined with household registration for local taxation, it's quite possible that non-voters would not qualify for a 'voter's discount' on their council tax, this would act to incentivise voter participation.

Paladin Wrote:Forcing one to vote may be OK in a democracy,but not in a free nation. I think Saddam actually mandated this,sounds about like Britain to me.
As above.

No nation is free of a citizen's responsibilities, you have your children attend school, you take part in jury service, you pay your taxes and if called upon you defend your country, why should voting not be a civil duty too?

Iraq under Saddam was rather a different proposition...

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"Common sense is not so common" - Voltaire

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[No subject] - by John L - 03-24-2008, 09:59 AM
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[No subject] - by John L - 03-24-2008, 10:41 AM
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[No subject] - by John L - 03-24-2008, 11:57 AM
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