Compulsory voting, continued

by Micah on December 9, 2003

Tim Dunlop has a posted some reflections on compulsory voting in Australia. My hunch is that he’s probably right that a legal obligation to vote, backed even only by a minor sanction, would improve voter competence—however that is measured. There’s a good doctoral thesis out there for someone interested in sorting this out more systematically.

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tom watson 12.09.03 at 8:20 am

Compulsory voting? Have a look at my fabian pamphlet on the subject. It’s three years old but still pretty relevant.

http://www.fabian-society.org.uk/documents/ViewADocument.asp?ID=33&CatID=52

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micah 12.09.03 at 4:32 pm

Thanks for the link–I think your report is very helpful. More like it would be a good thing.

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