In three key European states a majority of adults back compulsory voting but opinions in the United States are far more divided.
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Compulsory voting requires eligible citizens to register for and participate in democratic elections, usually through fines as penalties for not voting. Also see our main section on American democracy and our archives for Voter Access and Voter ID.
Most people don’t know it yet but there are democracy vouchers. Seattle is paying voters $100 for voting for their favorite mayor this week.
Mandatory voting with a potential monetary penalty is just one of about 30 election-related bills that have been submitted to the General Assembly.
More than 90% of eligible Australians are expected to vote in the election on 18 May – because it’s one of the few countries to have compulsory voting.
In Australia in 2016, about 87 percent of voting-age people participated in the nation’s federal election, or 91 percent of enrolled voters.
A University of Kentucky law professor is suggesting mandatory voting may be the change necessary to improve voter turnout.
Freshman state Senator Ram Villivalam, D-Chicago, introduces’ legislation that would give a $25 state tax credit for anyone who votes in a general election.
MDC-T deputy president Nelson Chamisa has called for compulsory voting among Zimbabweans
Engaged and informed citizens are a necessary condition for effective democracy
Compulsory voting, drinking bans, celebratory gunfire, and shamans are some unusual voting day practices