Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery love to claim they do not, as I like to claim, tilt left. Yet this is a group that in my experience keeps asking for more and more government as the solution to every problem. Today’s example is from Mia Rabson of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Faced with the issue declining voter participation in elections, Rabson’s solution is to force people, presumably under some sort of penalty, to vote.
“There are some potential drawbacks to mandatory voting. If democracy is based on freedom, then is it counterintuitive to force people to vote against their will? What about forcing people who aren’t paying attention to vote — do their ballots actually improve the legitimacy of a government?
But not paying attention is not normally the No. 1 reason non-voters cite for not casting a ballot. In almost every survey, being too busy is one of the top reasons people cite for not voting. Perhaps if people were told they had to vote, it would creep up the priority list a tad.
The answer to our voting system woes is not an easy one, but before we reach a point in our democracy where less than half the population is engaged, it is time to look at some drastic measures that might shake us all up a bit. Venne is right. Mandatory voting should be on the table for discussion.”
Let’s discuss it. Not voting is a choice, it is an expression. Forcing people to to vote in an infringement on their freedom.
Were I in Quebec right now I really don’t think I could vote for any of the three parties gaining enough voter support to form government. Forcing me to show up and spoil my ballot is a waste of government resources and an infringement on my freedom.