Compulsory voting (courtesy of Wikipedia) is a system in which voters are obliged to vote in elections or attend a polling place on voting day. If an eligible voter does not attend a polling place, or lodge a postal vote, he or she may be subject to a penalty such as fines or community service. As of August 2013[update], 22 countries, including 12 Latin American countries, have laws for compulsory voting and 11 of these 22 countries enforce these laws in practice.
If people get sick of their current government, they have no right to complain of they could be not be bothered voting.
There will be those that say voting is a civic duty, and those like me, who would say it is a civic right.
My view is that you deserve the government the majority of people vote for. I do though object to having a very left wing political organisation who garner votes because if they become a government, they give their core voters ”free money”, this is not free, it is not the governments, it is a hard working taxpayer or corporate entities money being distributed to many who choose to be on benefits as a life style choice.
Bear with me, benefits are a much needed necessity for those who have fallen on hard times or those who are ill. It is a safety net, which perhaps through serious illness may indeed be needed for the rest of their life.
Before you all scream and shout “disenfranchisement“, here in the UK, the following are not eligible to vote, I am just going to add to the list:
For me, the right to vote, is a right that is earned, not given.
In order to have the right to vote, in my view, you should be in at least one of the following categories:
So, persons excluded from voting would be:
My basic argument is that you need to earn the right to vote. You want to live on benefits as a life style choice, then no voting rights.
Voting would be compulsory for those eligible. If you do not, it is not a criminal offence, if though, you fail to vote 2 times in succession, and you do not put up a valid reason for not doing so, you lose the right to vote for a period of 2 years.
You have to claim the right to vote, simply by submitting an on-line form, with suitable references or evidence, such as passport details and a wage slip. Postal votes are acceptable, but only if you apply for each election, with a valid reason, such as being out of the country, or currently disabled or say a planned in-patient hospital appointment.
Application to vote may only be submitted in English or Welsh. No translation services will be provided. The minimum penalty for a deliberate false application to vote will be 3 years in prison, followed by deportation for those not registered as British. Libraries will have support people, working full time during the first 3 months of operation to ensure everyone who has no access to the internet can register. Libraries and if need be a local town hall can also provide a support service to help people register on say a 1 day a month basis after the initial registration period.
I am sure some of you will identify other people who should be able to earn the right to vote, this is fine, the principle I would stick to though is that it is for people who serve their country, or those, such as carers who save the country a lot of money.
If enough people like this idea, I will be tempted to send it to UKIP, a party which is not scared to think the unthinkable.