No point here, the candidates have their own scrutineers
who watch the counting of the votes so they would see
anyone who was filling in blank ballots for theirs.
Yeah, presumably some who are forced to show up at the
polling booth will actually bother to vote for someone.
Main problem with compulsory voting is that plenty have
no interest in politics etc and don’t take any notice of the
political news and its very arguable if it makes any sense
for them to be made to vote.
And there is a real tendency for people like that to just
vote for any name they recognise which means that
you can get some well known people get voted for even
tho hardly anyone knows what they are for policy wise.
Corse with the party system, it hardly ever matters what they
are for policy wise, it’s the party that decides what happens
even if that individual does get elected and their party is
The cry over here to make it compulsory is just a smoke screen. With
compulsory voting, you can hide the turnout figure that you might
otherwise get. Such as the drop in turnout for Westminster polls which
over the years, by not being hidden, have highlighted the decline in
apparent importance of the HoC under the onslaught of EU directives and
"Hard" and "Soft" Brexit are code words for Leaving or Staying in the EU,
rather than for the terms of our departure.
I agree. One or two days might be OK so long as it does not clash with
something else, but some cases go on for a long time.
Do we really need a jury system, the OJ Simpson trial demonstrated that
it does not always work very well?
When I go to foreign countries no one ever says to me that they wished
they had our system
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