I think that it is great shame that people don't use their vote, after all people died to get it for us. That said I don't think that countries where voting is compulsory are a good advert for making it a 'duty', IYSWIM.
I'll be voting on the day. My candedate doen't stand a chance but I'll still do it!
I think one of the reasons no Government would introduce the 'dear god, none of this useless shower of tossers' box (how many names can we come up with for it?!) is because that would be the 'party' that got in
Humkermunker - With your new law would the person EVER be able to regain their ability to vote? Sit an exam perhaps?? Sing the national anthem backwards 3 times fast??
At 18 yrs old I couldn't give a damn who was Prime Minister. I voted as it was the 1st year I'd been able to.... I didn't know who to vote for so voted Green Party. There's a big difference in your opinion of politics and the importance of voting when you are in your teens or twenties.... to how you feel in your 50s or 60s. So losing the vote if you don't use it is a bit harsh!
I actually FORGOT to vote in the Scottish Referendum!
I have little trust for any Politician and it's the lack of trust for any of them that stops me wanting to vote. I probably speak for a huge amount of people here.... so a box for "None of the above" would at least demonstrate that people want to vote..... but don't have enough faith in the candidates to vote for them.
Don't think voting should be compulsory but think there should be the none of the above box. I would make the effort to turn out and tick the no-one box, just to register my dissatisfaction with the useless parties on offer.
hmb - I know what you mean about people not using their vote when others fought hard for it, but if you really aren't up to scratch on your politics and have no idea who you should be voting for then I think it's probably wise not to! Shouldn't we look at the struggle as one for the right to vote, not the obligation?
hoxtonchick, I like voting and always do, in local elections too
Yes, Toothache, you'd be able to regain the right to vote. You'd have to write a letter to someone important (me, maybe? ) saying you were really sorry and that you promised to vote in every General Election you were alive for henceforth.
And then if you didn't vote again, that would be it, no more voting for you, mateychops.