There are very few people that are so passionate about politics that they will spend hours searching for information.
I just looked up compulsory voting on Wikipedia. It's funny that Australia is the only western country that has 'enforced compulsory voting'. There are a couple European countries with 'non-enforced compulsory voting' but the only other countries with enforced are in Latin America and Africa.
The number of people who are apathetic about voting blows me away. Government policies have a very real impact on our lives and the lives of our children. Issues like education, superannuation, taxes, child care, welfare, environmental policy, etc, etc have a concrete effect on our day to day lives and our future. How you could be apathetic about that, I really can't comprehend.
Besides, I absolutely love voting! Such a buzz to feel like you're having some input into the way our country is run. Of the 3 federal elections I've been eligible to vote in, I've been overseas for two and in the middle of nowhere for one. I had to make big trips to get to an Australian embassy to vote for the first two and vote early for the 3rd, but there is no way I would willingly miss out. Even state and local government elections are not so frequent that it is a big ask to do a quick bit of research to inform your vote
I guess I also just think of a democracy as freedom of choice and one of those freedoms should be the choice to vote or not. Your vote also ties in with freedom of speech or the freedom not to speak, forcing someone to vote is taking away that freedom. It's funny that aside from Australia, the other countries with enforced compulsory voting would be known to be pretty corrupt!
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