Should Voting Be Compulsory?

In the Herald Sun on Sunday, the IPA’s Lydia Bevege made the case for voluntary voting:

Australian democracy is not enhanced by forcing these people to express an opinion on parties and candidates they dislike.

Rejecting all candidates on the ballot paper and staying at home on election day is a legitimate democratic expression that Australians do not have the right to exercise. We are all forced to vote because other people have decided that we ought to be involved in the political process.

Read the whole thing here.

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