Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

I don't like mandatory voting

I want people to vote. But I loathe the idea of people being forced to vote.

People should vote because they believe it's making a difference, and they're making a positive statement that they believe a particular person/party will do a decent job of representing them.

The IPPR have suggested forcing 18-year-olds to vote. Because voting levels are dropping, and political engagement is a good thing.

To which my reply is - if you want people to vote, give them a clear choice. Give them a vote for a party that they feel represents them - a vote which will actually contribute towards the success of that party (even in a small way).

Because one of the things I learned from the Independence Referendum is that when you give people a clear choice, where their vote makes a difference, turnout hits 85%.

(It's not entirely surprising that countries with some form of PR tend to have higher turnouts than countries with FPTP.)

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