This article if from the NZ Conservative Coalition, and though it deals mostly with New Zealand, I like the point it makes, and it’s relatable to the lower voter turnout we have in America. Making people vote will only make them dislike you more. Sure, it is your civic duty to vote, but it is your right to use it–or not. Of course, I believe that everyone should vote, but like my parents say, if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about your representation as you did not voice your opinion…you implied indifference as to who is elected. One of my favorite parts of the article is where the author suggests that politicians should conform more to their constituents needs…then more people might vote for them. The politicians need no longer wonder why many people don’t like them. We need fresh blood and fresh ideas in our elected positions (at this point, I sometimes wonder if we should just boot most everybody, particularly in Congress, out of office and start anew, but that would probably never happen).
But overall, there are better (aka, more democratic) ways to get more people to vote than making it compulsory. Enjoy the article!