They're not voting because...
- Voting is necessary for a society to...
Voting is necessary for a society to function properly - as is obeying the law and paying fair taxes. Voting is a responsibility as well as a right. To opt out of voting, whatever the excuse, sends no 'signal' or protest at all. It simply distorts the way your society is run and therefore life there itself. Societies with mandatory voting are societies that value participation - not social dislocation. There is always a preference to be governed by one political group over another. If even making that choice is too painful, then cast a invaid vote - at least you would have participated in the democratic progess.written 8th Apr 2005
Oldie replies: You are correct. It is everyone's duty to vote. People have died to attain universal suffrage. If you cannot find a suitable candidate to vote for - BE ONE!written 8th Apr 2005
youngie replies: Both previous arguments are noble but flawed.
1) invalidating your voting form is not an effective form of protest as, like not turning up to vote, there is more than one reason for a form being considered invalid.
Only a "none of the above" option can truly give an accurate representation of the feeling of the (non)voter. This may of course cause problems where "none of the above" wins that seat (as it would be sure to do in more than one area!).
2) Being a candidate costs money and time and not everyone is a suitable candidate.written 8th Apr 2005
.david replies: True. In addition to the second point I've always wondered why anyone would want to become a politician and put themselves entirely in the power of a fickle uninformed "public" which is easily manipulated by the media.written 8th Apr 2005