What are some pros and cons of Compulsory Voting in Australiawhat are some pro's and con's of compulsory voting in Australia becuase i am doing and essay and i am stuck and dont have anything to...

What are some pros and cons of Compulsory Voting in Australia

what are some pro's and con's of compulsory voting in Australia becuase i am doing and essay and i am stuck and dont have anything to write and its due soon please if any one can help me i would be very greatful

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The pro is that you get more people's voices being heard.  The elections truly represent the will of the people because all the people vote.  This is in contrast to the US where a president might be elected even though only about 30% of those eligible voted for him.

The negative is that you get a lot of people voting just because they have to.  They don't care about the issues and they don't know about the candidates but they vote anyway.  This is not beneficial to a democracy.

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jasonpk | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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Compulsory voting is only enforced in 10 countries in the world. Australia has 81% voter turnouts which is lower than many nations with voluntary voting, including Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Malta.

Our turnouts could be much lower than 81% if you take into consideration the high levels of donkey votes, informal votes and blind guesses. Over 10% of eligible Australian voters are not even registered to vote.

Our decision to vote should be democratic. Threats of fines enforceable with violence are not the way to empower people. To encourage electoral participation we should use paecaful means such as education and good ideas.

Under voluntary voting leaders who can not educate, inform, motivate, inspire and empower the electorate will be replaced by leaders who can. True democratic leaders.

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