Compulsion not democratic

Justice Minister Judith Collins says compulsory voting doesn’t feel democratic:

Justice Minister Judith Collins has dismissed the idea of making voting compulsory in order to get people to the ballot box.

Speaking at a conference at Parliament on improving voter turnout on Thursday, Ms Collins said she wasn’t keen on following Australia’s example to compel people to enrol and vote.

“It doesn’t feel democratic to me to do that. It feels democratic to me and part of our Kiwi ethos that we can’t force someone to want to vote.”

Quite.

If we’re free to vote we must also be free to not vote.

Ms Collins said she would prefer to encourage people to vote by telling them why it’s important to use their democratic voice. . .

Education is a much better way than compulsion to encourage not just voting but informed voting.

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