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Stop Compulsory Voting in Australia Now!

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Stop Compulsory voting in Australia now! 
 
When will Australia join the rest of the world, with real freedom to vote? When will the Government realise that forced voting is undemocratic and most definitely not freedom to vote?
If we really do live in a country that is based off the values and freedoms of the people, then why are we being forced to vote in elections? Because if we do not, we are faced with a hefty fine. Not only is compulsory voting undemocratic, it is an infringement of our liberty as Australians. Compulsory voting in Federal elections was introduced in 1912, and still, over 100 years later, we are still being forced to vote 
 
Voting being mandatory heavily increases "donkey votes" and un-legitimate votes because people, who perhaps don’t have an opinion in these elections are forced to vote. This takes away from the value of people's votes who are informed and care about the elections. In 2016, more than 1.4 million Australians failed to cast a vote in last year's federal election. This shows that people aren't interested in politics and still being forced to vote. Therefore wasting the opportunity to have an impact. As Theodore Roosevelt once quoted "a vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of its use." Everyone's vote is very important, but having a voting election is wasted with too many votes that are not taken seriously.  
 
Compulsory voting infringes on many human rights articles. Such as article 1, 2 and 3. Which involve the right to freedom in your country and freedom in politics and government. Such as to take part in government and secrecy of their vote.  
 
 
 
This is not freedom. Australia is based off the rights of the people, yet one of our most basic rights is not being followed to its full extent, so instead of having the freedom to vote, we are instead forced to vote. 

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Coviello, K 2016, 'Point: Voluntary Voting Should Replace Compulsory Voting', Australia Points Of View: Compulsory Voting, p. 1, Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre, EBSCOhost, viewed 26 March 2017.

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Hasham, Nicole. "Up To 1.4M Face Fines: Voter Turnout Lowest Since It Became Compulsory". The Sydney Morning Herald. N.p., 2017. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

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