What is a pro choice
With its referendums, Switzerland is seen as a model democratic country. However, relatively few citizens claim the opportunity to exert direct influence. There were votes with a turnout of around 30%.
That is why there, as in other countries, the introduction of compulsory voting is being considered and discussed. In this part of our series on compulsory voting, we have collected and summarized its advantages and disadvantages.
Pro compulsory elective: That speaks for it
At first glance, the advantages cannot be dismissed out of hand:
- The voter turnout increases. Voter turnout has increased in all countries where voting is compulsory. In Australia, where not voting is a criminal offense, voter turnout is around 90%.
- It works against disaffection with politics, because everyone has to form their own opinion.
- Compulsory voting prevents the few who participate from having too great an influence on the overall election result.
- It contributes to the stability of the government because disenchantment with politics and low voter turnout pose a threat to democracy - for more information on this, click here.
- A high voter turnout reduces the financial outlay for election campaigns. This reduces the donor's influence on parties and politicians.
- Voting is a democratic and moral duty, so why shouldn't it be so directly anchored in law?
Low-threshold forms of voting, such as online voting, encourage voter participation and strengthen the democratic basis. For the first time in 2021, the CDU held its federal party conference with votes completely digital. Read the experience report here>
Cons of compulsory voting: That speaks against it
But there are also counter arguments:
- The introduction is an interference in the personal area of freedom and violates the personal rights of the person.
- Not voting can also be a political statement. A duty would prevent that.
- In times of domestic political crisis, compulsory voting is not a panacea either. Anyone who is dissatisfied with the state and the system does not cast a vote despite being compulsory to vote.
- Non-voters would have to be consistently sanctioned for compulsory voting to make sense. Symbolic voting is less effective. The question of proportionality arises, especially since the persecution of non-voters costs the state money and time.
Find out more about the advantages of voting online!
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