Many other countries have some type of mandatory voting law and get much higher turnout as a result
Compulsory Voting articles on Democracy Chronicles
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.
Is the integrity of elections at stake when introducing mandatory voter registration and other voter access measures?
As high participation in the most recent census has shown, Canadian mandatory voting system would be much more representative
A well designed compulsory voting system incentivizes political self-education and engagement
Australia is one of the few democratic governments legally enforcing the voting of all citizens. The law – active since 1912 – has resulted in Australia having one of the most politically engaged societies in the world.
Internet abuzz with democracy debate after a very unexpected Obama mandatory voting announcement
Australia has 95 percent voter turnout and 20 other countries have successful compulsory voting
Party floats push for Canada mandatory voting nationwide in response to voter suppression in recent robocall scandal
Legislating compulsory voting can have a dramatic effect on American voter turnout like Australia
Across the world, there are many countries where voting is mandatory but Australia is posterchild