Thursday, January 19, 2006

Mandatory Voting?

Here is the headline of a story that is on CTV.ca.....'Mandatory voting could improve Canadian voter turnout' http://www.ctv.ca//servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060118/mandatory_voting_060118/20060118?s_name=election2006&no_ads
Um ya..... But are we as Canadians willing to have our government fine us for not voting. Sure we are a democratic country, and we should feel privileged to have the right to vote, but making the vote mandatory seems a little extreme, no? I mean what's next, the draft?

6 Comments:

Blogger RJL said...

I just skimmed the article. I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read they would charge you $50.

Um, $50 every 2-4 years? Yeah, that gets an enthusiastic meh from me.

1/19/2006 11:00 p.m.  
Blogger pinkocanuck said...

ya kinda like a parking ticket....it was the headline that cracked me up... that and well i really don't like to be forced to do anything.

1/19/2006 11:04 p.m.  
Blogger Herbinator said...

One has to expect authoritarian behaviour from that (and similar) country. I'd rather see voters rewarded instead. Let the Returning Officer give me $40 for my vote. I bet most other people will get out and vote, too, especially the disenfranchised -- they need a voice. Now if we can only get rid of First Past the Post so that everyone's vote counts.
$40 to vote

1/20/2006 3:31 p.m.  
Blogger Yaverbaum said...

id like to be paid to vote! but i suppose only because i do vote. tho in saying, i believe there is very little difference between punishment and reward, and the act of voting then wouldnt be about politics, but about avoiding punishement or obtaining reward. i can see it: "who did you vote for?" "dunno."

question: would they fine you if you spoiled your ballot?

1/20/2006 5:43 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they can't fine you for spoiling your ballot. that would imply that they are looking at who you voted for...

I have spoiled my ballot twice in my lifetime, and believe it to be a valid political choice when you can't agree with any of the screwballs running in your area.

1/22/2006 11:50 a.m.  
Blogger Yaverbaum said...

yes, of course. i guess it all feels so big brothery to me that i forgot voting is a private affair. hum!

1/25/2006 8:08 p.m.  

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