Bryan
Lv 7
Bryan asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

If voting was a legal obligation for all eligible citizens would the majority of people become more informed?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Only if they wanted to Bryan.

    Voting is law here in Australia, Everyone over the age of 18 must, and if you don't, you get fined, like 90 bucks+ and have your license/s suspended!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, people would still vote in-line with their own ideals, however ignorant they may be, instead of thinking about what would be best for this country and even themselves personally.

    In fact, if it were a legal obligation we would probably see the opposite - politicians would begin to be more simplified in their talking points.

  • Sue
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The 'majority' would not become more informed, but a few certainly would.

    The rest would simply report at the election poll, like they renew their drivers licences, completely unprepared, but simply 'following the law'. Judging by the number of people who arrive at the DMV without proof of identity, many would be turned away from the voting polls, too!

    Citizens who were not previously aware of the candidates will vote simply for the one with the most signs outside, the most visible support staff handing out free promotional items, etc.

    Source(s): Marketing research statistician, specializing in behavior
  • gma
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It would be nice if people were more informed rather than voting with a party loyalty. However, even if it was legally demanded, I believe people would still vote based on TV ads or with the party they belong to.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not necessarily.

    As a former public school teacher, one of the interesting consequences of NCLB is due to the intense focus on reading and math, social studies education has flown out the window. Getting a good civics curriculum back into schools is key.

  • Bill
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Unfortunately, nothing would change. Look at Iraq. Saddam made it a law to vote. He won reelection by 97%. I think it would take both canidates to be controversal before the vote would change in the up side.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'd personally refuse to vote regardless of the obligation.

  • 1 decade ago

    NO! The same dummies would just get elected with higher vote counts.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No but there would be a lot more votes bought and sold.

  • 1 decade ago

    I see not connection. If you forced people who don't vote to vote they would. They still would not give a damn.

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