Australia mandating vote
This spectrum implies that some countries formally have compulsory voting laws but do not, and have no intention to, enforce them. Mandatory voting laws that do not include sanctions may fall into this category.Although a government may not enforce mandatory voting laws or even have formal sanctions in law for failing to vote, the law may have some effect upon the citizens.Lastly, if democracy is government by the people, presumably this includes all people, then it is every citizen's responsibility to elect their representatives.The leading argument against compulsory voting is that it is not consistent with the freedom associated with democracy.They argue further that voting, voluntarily or otherwise, has an educational effect upon the citizens.
The voter does not care whom they vote for as long as the government is satisfied that they fulfilled their civic duty.
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It has been proved that forcing the population to vote results in an increased number of invalid and blank votes compared to countries that have no compulsory voting laws.
Another consequence of mandatory voting is the possible high number of "random votes".
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What effect does this immeasurable category of random votes have on the legitimacy of the democratically elected government?