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Old 03-21-2015, 01:53 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Enunciated Piffle View Post
Obama: Maybe it's time for mandatory voting -

This is interesting in theory. I had no idea other countries had this.

"Other countries have mandatory voting," Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland

At least 26 countries have compulsory voting... Failure to vote is punishable by a fine in countries such as Australia and Belgium; if you fail to pay your fine in Belgium, you could go to prison.

Would love to hear Keith's, (and some KATG Aussies) take on this.
I used to think mandatory voting sucked.

Then I lived in the US for a while and saw the mess that happens when a small percentage of the population votes. The extreme left & rightare the only ones who vote, so the parties pander to them; which led me to believe that mandatory voting was a good idea.

With mandatory voting, people who hate the major parties still have to vote, so we get to elect weird little fringe parties (like the motoring enthusiasts party - no joke) who win one seat and then band together to have enough seats to hold the balance of power, and then proceed to hamstring the elected major party and fuck the country squarely in the anus.

So in conclusion, elections are bullshit. The only effective government is a dictatorship.

Vote. Don't vote. Either way, we're all fucked.
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