Compulsory Voting: The Case Against   Leave a comment

First published on Open Democracy in October 2007.

Over the last 15 years, voting numbers in Britain have seen a sharp decline. Even in 1992, 77.7% of the electorate voted, compared to just 61.5% in 2005, hardly more than a decade later. It is little wonder then, that everybody from politicians to academics and media commentators view this as one of the defining political problem of our times. This is for a good reason: it has often been the case that a majority of the population do not actually support the Government, thanks to the voting system. Now, for the first time, non-voters are the largest single group outnumbering those who supported the winning party and overshadowing the whole election process by their abstention. Should this trend continue it will pose a question about the legitimacy of the institution of parliamentary democracy itself.

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Posted February 4, 2011 by suzydean in Constitutional Reform

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