The Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Voting

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Since the 1890s, Canada’s voter turn-out has declined steadily, however, the decline in voter turn-out in the last several elections is one of great concern to Canada’s democracy. As a result, mandatory voting has gained the attention of many political scientists and political analysts. While there are good reasons to worry about Canadians’ diminishing voter turn-out, it is also fair to say that mandatory voting will not prove beneficial to the future of Canada’s democracy. Although mandatory voting will increase the voter turn-out, it will not create an informed voter base and neither raise a more politically knowledgeable society. Making voting compulsory is accompanied by both positive and negative outcomes, but in Canada, many fear that the negative outcomes outweigh the positives. Mandatory voting is the requirement to vote, or face a penalty (Bardeesy, 2011). Being forced to cast a ballot is not the solution to Canada’s voter turn-out. In fact, it might cause more problems for Canada as politics would become an election period routine. Also, if a higher voter turn-out is our goal, then mandatory voting is the correct approach, unfortunately, democracy is much more complicated than just a high turn-out. According to Alison Loat, the executive director of Samara, it is much more important to “figure out why…show more content…
In Canada, citizens have the choice to cast a ballot if they strongly believe in any political party. Voting is a right, but not a duty as citizens hold the right to refuse voting if they do not have any interest in the candidates or their parties (Liu, 2012). Furthermore, forcing citizens to vote could lead to protests in which voters will select a candidate without considering their plans, as they are voting to avoid penalties or fines. This will ultimately result in devaluing the Canadian vote, and lead to long-term harms for Canada’s
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