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  •  Let's look to other countries. (4.00)
    Another idea to encourage voter participation is to fine citizens who don't vote, like they do in Austrailia.   The attitude there is that if you live in the country you are required to particpate in the democracy. This would discourage the 'get out your base' type of campaign strategy.  
    •  this has to be paired (4.00)
      with a national (paid) holiday for voting.

      Fining people who don't vote otherwise places an excessive burden on people with limited incomes who work for hourly wages.

      "Don't want to be an American idiot..." -- Green Day

      by Black Maned Pensator on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 08:15:11 AM PST

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    •   I don't know that I subscribe (none)
      to mandatory voting... is the main tenant of a democracy your right to choose?

      If I choose not to vote, I am exercising the freedom granted me in a democracy.

      Jaded Reality... I've had enough spin for today thanks...

      by spiderleaf on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 08:36:14 AM PST

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      •  Don't look at it as mandatory (none)
        Look at it as optional; you have the option to vote or the option to pay $50 to get out of it.

        The polls don't tell us how a candidate is doing, they tell us how the media is doing.

        by Thumb on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 09:12:00 AM PST

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    •  I think it's a great idea (none)
      If you live in a democracy you should be obligated to maintain it just like you're obligated to pay taxes. People should not live in a country and have a free ride. Everything needs to be maintained. Look at the US to see what happens when people don't pay attention.

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