Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory

The 2013 September-October NFL Lincoln-Douglas resolution asked whether or not voting should be compulsory for citizens.

Although this isn’t an idea that is commonly discussed in the US, and although the idea of forcing someone to participate in voting seems intuitively problematic, there are very strong arguments on both sides of the resolution.  In this brief essay, I will review what “compulsory voting” entails and then discuss arguments on both sides of the resolution.
Compulsory Voting
Although “compulsory” voting leads one to believe . . .

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