“I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them You are supreme: exercise your power. They say, That's right: tell us what to do; and I tell them. I say Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me. And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place” - George Bernard Shaw
Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory
For the purpose of today’s debate, I offer the following definitions from Princeton.edu : Democracy : a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Voting : a formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands or by voice. Compulsory : required by law or a rule; obligatory.
Compsory Voting : Compulsory voting is a system in which electors are obliged to vote in elections or attend a polling place on voting day. If an eligible voter does not attend a polling place, he or she may be subject to punitive measures such as fines or community service. Moral:a lesson ,esp.one concerning what is right or prudent,that can be derived from a story a piece of information or an experience process:a series of action or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end integrity:the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles Liberty : the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life ,behavior ,or political view Legitimacy : lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law.
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