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Mandatory Voting

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July 7, 2016

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Australia remains one of the few modern democracies that still legally requires that all citizens vote at elections. There are complicated social and political arguments for and against this. These range from fundamental questions about the meaning of democracy, to consideration of the consequences for the humble election sausage sizzle. What is interesting is the enforcement framework behind these laws. After an election, the Australia Electoral Commission contacts each person whose name was not marked off on the roll as having voted. Those people are invited to provide a “valid and […]

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