Should The Mandatory Voting Be The Right And Responsibility Of An Individual? A Democratic Country?

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Voting Responsibility
The citizens of Alberta will vote in a Provincial and a Federal election in a six month time span. This current political activity has sparked much discussion regarding low voter turnout, how it impacts the outcome of elections, and how to encourage greater participation in the democratic process. The countries of Australia and Bolivia have turned to compulsory voting in an attempt to increase voter participation. Mandatory voting in these countries carry penalties that include monetary fines, including possible jail sentences, and frozen bank accounts (Compulsory Voting, 2015). The recent federal election saw a 68.5% voter turn-out, compared to 93.23% in Australia (2013), and 87.45% in Bolivia (2014) according to the Compulsory Voting database. The question that needs to be asked is whether mandatory voting is the right and responsibility of an individual in a democratic country, or a violation of personal freedoms?
The concept of democracy is rooted in the Greek language, (“dēmokratia, from dēmos 'the people ' + -kratia 'power, rule '” [“Democracy”, Oxford, 2015]) interpreted as “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives” (“Democracy”). In the early days of the Greek Republic, it became very cumbersome for all eligible citizens to participate in public administration. A governing system was needed whereby one would represent many, thus the role of the…

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