Why Voting is necessary
In a democratic society, voting is compulsory for the economic growth of the country. Some people think that the growth of the country is not possible without compulsory voting. It is a fact that voting should be compulsory for the welfare of the country. In my opinion, voting should be mandatory for every country because with the help of voting we can choose a perfect leader for our country. In this essay, I will discuss my point view about nature of democracy with few examples of compulsory voting.
From my point of view, voting is compulsory, democracy means every citizen of the country enjoy the freedom and a system of the government in which every citizen of the country has right to vote to one of the several parties competing for a different position in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.
If only 30 percent people vote only then result of the election will be unfair. 70% of public does not vote at the time of polling it means that they have unsatisfied with government actions during the fixed period of time they rule the country. So they do not like any party win the election. So in this situation, it is very difficult for the government to make a majority of the party.
For example in America bill Clinton won the election when only 34 percent of total publication voted similarly in India 52 to 55 percent people voted only and rest of it do not give the vote and in this situation, government merges with their other parties to make a majority of the party.
Why Voting is compulsory:
There are many reasons for conducting voting, first and foremost reason for voting is compulsory it gives all people equal rights and with the help of voting, we can choose right leader having good qualities. Secondly, with voting, we can choose perfect and capable leaders, as well as compulsory voting, refrains the corrupt leaders to offer money and other materialistic things to people to win the election at the polling time.
Thirdly, voting is compulsory because it helps in the development of the country in various fields such as political, social, as well as the economic field. Voting conducted after a fixed period of time gives the authority to the common citizen of a country, to choose the right representative and leader that convert their promises in future into a reality that they make at the time of election to the public.
Voting is compulsory because it helps to choose the right leaders who really take the good step to move the country towards the path of progress. So compulsory voting is mandatory for a democracy to be a democracy.
Benefits of Compulsory Voting in Australia
1.Firstly if every citizen of the country vote as well of the whole of electorate vote, then it easy for the government that is elected by the majority of people to generate policies that are good for the economic growth of the country.
2. It is also true that if more people participated in the elections then with the right elected representative there are chances of corruption decreases to some extent.
3. Compulsory voting helps the government to choose the majority of members from a single party and in this way winning party will not need few marginal seats to form the government.
4. Compulsory voting means makes the healthier democracy it is possible only if the whole of the electorate has voted.
5. It is necessary for every citizen to understand the duty of vote as the same they have to pay taxes as well as jury duty.
6. Compulsory voting increases the interest of citizens in politics and enhances the political education of the people that are good for the growth of a country. In various countries due to decrease turnout of voting it is difficult to appoint the right representative.
7. Compulsory voting helps to choose the legitimacy (legal) elected representatives. Winning seat candidates easily makes a majority of the party.
8. Compulsory voting keeps the political system is a good way. In the time of elections if there is no compulsory voting then new party’s candidate spends a large amount of money to win elections and brings the more voters to the polling booths.
Fine for not voting in Australia
Australia government rules and regulations are very strict. Some citizen of a country has strictly against compulsory voting and they feel that country should give volunteers option for voting. They feel that why the government has imposed a fine of $20 who do not vote. But on the other side for a government, this small fine is enough to drive the voters to the polls. So voting is mandatory in Australia. But in other countries, there is the voluntary voting option.
In Australia, voting is compulsory since last 80 years. Almost 90% of the citizen of Australian country participated in voting and there is fine imposing from those who do not vote. Moreover, in South American nations like Peru and Bolivia, there is harsh punishment for those who do not vote. For example, non-voters are barred from accessing their own bank accounts for at least 3 months. This is the main reason who is some people who are against compulsory voting.
In Australia voting is compulsory and it is legal duties for every citizen that have age up to 18 and over to vote and the person who fails to vote in by polls election than in this situation person have to pay fine and in some conditions potentially a day in court. Even the person who does not vote has been sentenced to jail terms. The Australian government wants that everyone should vote and participate in the elections to choose the right representative.
Australia government thinks that if they give the option of the voluntary system, no one would vote. Because the level of disenchantment and disengaged voters are more. Australia is one of very few a country in which voting is compulsory. The compulsory voting favoring the labor party.