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Compulsory voting is a system where electors are obliged to vote in elections on election day. In case of evasion of voting there may be punitive measures such as fines or even inprisonment. It stems from Atheian democracy that every citizen has a duty to participate in decision making but attendance was voluntary, but with some form of social opprobrium if so. As of March 2012, there are 25 countries that still have compulsory voting - 10 (plus a Swiss canton) who enforce it. Those still with compulsory voting (to differing degrees) are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Nauru, Peru, Singapore, Uruguay, Schaffhausen (Switzerland), Belgium, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Honduras, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Thailand. Is this prospect a good idea or not?

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1 @johnnydough: Yes, there is a way; and yes, it's taken care of. You're welcome. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 22, 2012, 7:06 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Whoops! This should be in Random Topics. Is there are way to transfer this into that category? Please? -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on July 22, 2012, 6:27 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Does this show endless lines of voters with 'enforcers' standing behind them with riding crops- and what channel broadcasts it? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on March 17, 2012, 2:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I've never heard of this before. I'm glad the US doesn't have this. We have enough uninformed voters as it is. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on March 17, 2012, 2:16 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Isn't this unconstitutional? If not, it should be. The excuse "it encourages people to get active and interested in politics" is baloney: people end up going "eenie, meenie, minie, moe" to choose candidates. And which politician should we vote for? When it comes to political ads, all we hear from candidate Tom is why you shouldn't vote for Dick or Harry. OK, we get it, Tom: Dick stole $450,000 in taxpayer funds to buy himself a yacht. Harry called his ex-wives whores on live TV three years ago, and he refuses to pay child support because they're not his. You play these ads EVERY...SINGLE...COMMERCIAL...BREAK. What are YOU going to do when elected, Tom? Maybe YOUR crimes are so much worse that all you can do is smear Dick and Harry? -- Submitted By: (Robert) on March 15, 2012, 11:43 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 What a ridiculous concept. Where I live, every citizen over 18 must vote or they get a fine - and they do not have many decent politicians to actually choose from. Many people might say that it will encourage people to actively know about politics and get involved (there always will be apathy), all it seems to do is allow politicians to be lazy during campaigns since they have a free ride to votes. When it all becomes a farce, voting loses its meaning. Dumb concept, day 1. -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on March 15, 2012, 1:26 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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