I've always been pro compulsory voting. I understand that throughout history, and even today in some parts of the world, people have fought and died for the right to vote and have a voice. Because of this I've alway felt extremely lucky to live in a country where every persons' vote counts and have never understood some people's apathetic attitude towards voting.
However during this election period I have encountered so much negativity towards voting that it makes me wonder whether it should be compulsory. I've had a number of friends express the attitude that they don't care who wins, it's just an inconvenience to them having to vote and they'd probably throw their vote anyway in protest at having been forced. At the polling booth yesterday I stood behind a couple who basically complained the whole time at what a waste it was being forced to come out to vote, they'd just vote for whoever was first on the list. Then at the actual voting booth another couple next to me made such a mockery of the whole thing. The man quickly did his vote without even so much as looking down, placed it in the box, came back and was like "what are you doing, hurry up!". The woman was laughing hysterically and said "what do I do?", he says "just put a one on it, anywhere" so she goes to just write a 1 randomly on the page and he says "no in a box!", she goes "which one ??" And he replies "anyone! Just pick one! Who gives a f**k!". So she just puts a 1 anywhere and they walk out ****ing themselves.
It just made me think, there seems to be so many people who don't give a damn about who they vote for or why; contrary to what I've always believed I'm starting to think maybe it would be better if people weren't compelled to vote, at least then only people who had put some thought into it and had an idea of what they were actually voting for would turn up. What do you think?