Mandatory Voting For Canada 's Democracy Essay

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Since the 1890s, Canada’s voter turnout has declined steadily, however, the decline in voter turnout in the last several elections is one of great concern to Canada’s democracy. As a result, mandatory voting has gained the attention of many political scientists and political analysts. While there are good reasons to worry about Canadians’ diminishing voter turnout, it is also fair to say that mandatory voting will not prove beneficial to the future of Canada’s democracy. Although mandatory voting will increase the voter turnout, it will not create an informed voter base and neither raise a more politically knowledgeable society. Making voting compulsory is accompanied by both positive and negative outcomes, but in Canada, many fear that the negative outcomes outweigh the positives. Mandatory voting is the requirement to vote, or face a penalty (Bardeesy, 2011). Being forced to cast a ballot is not the solution to Canada’s voter turnout. In fact, it might cause more problems for Canada as politics would become an election period routine. Also, if a higher voter turnout is our goal, then mandatory voting is the correct approach, unfortunately, democracy is much more complicated than just a high turnout. According to Alison Loat, the executive director of Samara, it is much more important to “figure out why people are not voting” as that would address the cause of the low voter turnout (Bardeesy, 2011). Furthermore, creating penalties directed towards citizens that do…

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