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Compulsory voting

Hi,
Just wondering how many people would vote is it wasn't compulsory?
I go to a booth do my vote, then go to another booth & do my mum's vote.
In a democracy, I think it should be voluntary.
Would you vote if you didn't have to?
I know I wouldn't. It makes no difference anyway, with all the back room deals regarding preference votes.
Interested in your thoughts.
Thanks

Last reply: 11th Apr 2019 / 12 replies / Post by 3lions

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Venso

Posted by: Venso
Posted on: 10th Apr 2019

Venso says: Taking politicians on 100% of their word is a fools game, unfortunately the best we can do is trust the system and try to pick the lesser of two evils.

Whilst saying you don’t completely know what goes on behind closed doors, how could I say I know either, and maybe votes don’t matter at all, should that mean that as citizens of the country, we shouldn’t try at all and let the politicians and the groups that donate to them control it all?

Unfortunately as the older population increases, the funds required to take care of them increase at an acelerating rate. It does make a difficult situation as they grew up with the mentality that the government will take care of them after dedicating their lives to companies and now it seems like they are pushing for self sustainability after retirement which puts people such as your mother (sorry to hear if she’s struggling) in a bad place.

In my opinion, you have to play with the hand you’ve been dealt and I know that’s what I’m going to do to ensure my parents are also taken care of, if not by the government, then by me. Which is why I think you should vote in your own self interest (obviously) so that you can use the political landscape to your advantage.

Yes, the younger generation mentality and addiction to social media irritates me profusely. As a 20 year old myself amongst it all, I die a little inside when people say they don’t know who the prime minister is. And if they do hear about politics it’s propaganda against Gladys and how she’s ruining fun in NSW. Unfortunately you only find out about what’s going on if you seek it out yourself which to your point, the younger generation doesn’t care about.

Would you say perhaps instead of making it voluntary in a democratic country, maybe we increase the age for when it becomes compulsory so that when people are forced to vote they will be more mature and knowledgeable?

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