Tuesday, July 05, 2005

no shit, sherlock

From today's Guardian:

Mr Hoon will argue that "international experience points to compulsory voting being the most effective way to increase turnout".

What an incredible surprise....


At 6:43 pm, Blogger Kirbie said...

A radio ad was talking about poverty in Africa today. Its closing line was imagine living in a place with no street names. Well I think that would be the least of my worries.

At 6:44 pm, Blogger Kirbie said...

Oh yeah my original message was gonna be. I reserve my right not to vote. Forcing people to vote appears to be against the fundamentals of a democracy.

At 10:47 am, Blogger Imperium child said...

Well yeah, your allowed to choose whether to vote or not. Essentially if there is no 'right' party for you then you shouldnt vote, otherwise it taints the results because its not what you really want.
Therefore I propose we have thousands of party's. Each one slightly different. Hard to get a majority tho

At 4:21 pm, Blogger Jeff said...

i don't get it...compulsory voting will increase the turnout rate? wouldn't it be 100% everytime?

At 4:25 pm, Blogger Mr K said...

indeed. Well some people would refuse to vote or forget to or have exonerating circumstances... I think the article says they get about 90% in belgium.

But compulsory voting as a way to solve the problem of low turn out is frankly the silliest idea I have ever heard of..."Hmm, people don't seem to want to vote. How can we address this? I know, lets MAKE them!"


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