Russ Campbellās Blog: Should Voting Be Mandatory? I Say No
The reĀcent pasĀsage of the fedĀeral Fair ElecĀtions Act has prompted deĀbate about citĀiĀzens right/obligĀaĀtion to vote for repĀreĀsenĀtaĀtives at all three levĀels of govĀernĀment.
In reĀcent years, weāve seen a drop-off in voter turnout at all levĀels. In fedĀeral genĀeral elecĀtions, for exĀamĀple, the turnout has dropped from an avĀerĀage of 75 per cent durĀing the peĀriod afĀter World War II to 61 per cent in the 2011 elecĀtion. At the provinĀcial level, in OnĀtario for exĀamĀple, the turnout slipped beĀlow 50 per cent for the first time in 2011.
Now some, like AnĀdrew Coyne of the NaĀtional Post, are askĀing whether votĀing should be mandaĀtory. Coyne writes, āThe arĀguĀment for comĀpulĀsory votĀing is analĀoĀgous to that for taxĀaĀtion.ā AnĀother comĀparĀiĀson made is to jury duty. Not bad points and, in more than 30 counĀtries around the world, votĀing is, apĀparĀently, comĀpulĀsory in some way or other.