Myth wrote:I have to say I don't particularly agree with this. Yes, voter turn-out in democratic states is almost always disappointing. However, implementing some sort of tax and pay-back system will bring people to the polls just for the sake of getting their money back. I can see people just marking off boxes for sheer sake of getting the ballot filled out and their government check in their hands. It's not going to encourage or require anyone to actually learn anything about the people or referendum or whatever that they are voting for. Instead of small groups of ignorant people voting, you'll have ignorance en masse. While it's true more people may be voting, I don't see how this improves the state overall. Perhaps RAV might explain?
RageAgainstVoid wrote: I think we can agree that it works truest to its sense when there is as good a voter turnout as possible to legitimate the government.
Half + Seven wrote:But that is not the case, we don't all agree...I think it is far too grand an assumption to say high turnout is a necessarily good thing.
Half + Seven wrote:High turnout lead to the wrong result.
Half + Seven wrote:Therefore it's an overly complex way to solve a "problem" I don't think exists.
Half + Seven wrote:You assume we all agree, we do not. The rest is unnecessary.
Half + Seven wrote:artificially
Half + Seven wrote:(hence the complex comment).
Half + Seven wrote:they're are much easier ways to do it. You could just require people to vote, like in France as previously mentioned.
RageAgainstVoid wrote:I already showed that you disagree on something I haven't said
RageAgainstVoid wrote:I think we can agree that it works truest to its sense when there is as good a voter turnout as possible to legitimate the government.
Half + Seven wrote:I won't bother with my opinions any further.
Half + Seven wrote:If all you want
Half + Seven wrote:one of the worst I could imagine
GraveI wrote:One interesting thing I did come across when I was looking up the info on invalid votes (for hard numbers I referenced the IPU databases found at http://www.ipu.org), is that France, a country with mandatory voting, still only had 60% voter turnout in relation to total able-voter populations, very similar to Canada's. So, if voting is mandatory, why is their turnout just as abysmally low as ours?
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