Argument: Mandatory voting makes first-time voters see value in vote

Issue Report: Compulsory voting


Keith Olbermann. “Make voting mandatory voting necessary.” Salon. November 5, 2002: “Mandatory voting would require a system of rewards and/or punishments and another bureaucracy. But if adopted, it would instantaneously reconfigure the political landscape. Gone would be the ages-old excuse of the nonvoter: that his ballot matters not. At some fundamental level, his ballot would matter dearly to himself, because failure to cast it would invoke the wrath of the Mandatory Voting Enforcement Division.”