Essay on Brazil 's Mandatory Voting Laws

1609 Words Dec 14th, 2016 7 Pages
What can be noticed though is an effort by the United States to decrease the cost of voting (C) through means such as online voter registration and mail-in/early ballots as well as a general trend in many elections of campaigns sending the message that people should get out and vote because individuals votes are important, although mathematically they do not, increasing the perception that the votes matter will most likely draw some number of new voters. In the case of the another large Democracy, Brazil saw a 78.9% voter turnout in the 2014 presidential elections. The reason for this higher turnout can be closely tied Brazil’s mandatory voting laws. The law requires all legally eligible citizens to vote, and failure to comply with the compulsory voting law results either in a fee, the loss of a voter’s registration, or different levels of restrictions on certain government services such as attending a public university. It would be fair to say that if we were to refer to the model from above, Brazil’s almost 80% voter turnout come primarily from direct extrinsic benefits of voting (D). Compulsory voting does not produce 100% voter turnout, and this is because there will always be some percentage of eligible voters that either choose not to take part in politics or are unable to make it to the polling stations on election day. Thus the job of the government in Brazil’s case is to make it so that punishment for not voting outweighs the risk of not casting a ballot, but at the…

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