September-October 2013 NFL LD Resources: Compulsory Voting

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Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory.

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Table of Contents

META

  • VOTING BEHAVIOR IS COMPLEX

AFFIRMATIVE

  • COMPULSORY VOTING JUSTIFIED: VOTING IS A CIVIC DUTY
  • COMPULSORY VOTING JUSTIFIED: LOWER TURNOUT JUSTIFIES COMPULSORY VOTING
  • COMPULSORY VOTING JUSTIFIED: LOWER TURNOUT DIMINISHES DEMOCRACY
  • COMPULSORY VOTING JUSTIFIED: VOTING IS ONLY A RIGHT IF USED
  • COMPULSORY VOTING JUSTIFIED: DEMOCRACIES MAKE REQUIREMENTS OF ITS CITIZENS IN MANY CASES
  • COMPULSORY VOTING JUSTIFIED: EVEN PENALTIES FOR NOT VOTING ARE JUSTIFIED
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: INCREASES VOTER TURNOUT
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: CREATES MORE INFORMED VOTERS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: INCREASES DEMOCRACY
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: DECREASES POLITICAL POLARIZATION
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: DECREASES THE COSTS OF CAMPAIGNS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: USED BY DEMOCRACIES AROUND THE WORLD
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: MAKES VOTING MORE VALUABLE
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: FIRST STEP TO FIXING APATHY
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: INCREASES CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: SUPPORTED IN COUNTRIES WHERE IT IS USED
  • A/T: COMPULSORY VOTING DOESN’T ALLOW PEOPLE TO SHOW DISGUST OF SYSTEM BY NOT PARTICIPATING
  • A/T: COMPULSORY VOTING IS NON-DEMOCRATIC
  • A/T: COMPULSORY VOTING BENEFITS ONE VIEW/PARTY OVER ANOTHER
  • A/T: COMPULSORY VOTING INCREASES NUMBER OF IGNORANT VOTERS
  • A/T: COMPULSORY VOTING BRINGS UNINFORMED VOTERS TO THE POLLS

NEGATIVE

  • AFFIRMATIVE PREMISE BAD: SHOULD MAKE VOTING HARDER, NOT EASIER!
  • COMPULSORY VOTING NOT JUSTIFIED: PANIC ABOUT LOW VOTER TURNOUT OVERBLOWN
  • COMPULSORY VOTING NOT JUSTIFIED: NO HARM IN NOT PARTICIPATING
  • COMPULSORY VOTING NOT JUSTIFIED: SHOULDN’T WORRY ABOUT HIGH VOTER TURNOUT
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: VOTING IS A RIGHT NOT A DUTY
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: WON’T CREATE MORE INFORMED VOTERS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: HURTS BIG PICTURE POLITICAL DEBATE
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: NO BENEFIT AND ALL COST
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: EMPIRICALLY PROVEN
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: IT IS UNDEMOCRATIC
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: WILL NOT INCREASE THE EDUCATION OF VOTERS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: HURTS FREEDOM 51
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: WILL NOT BRING HARMONY TO POLITICS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: ENCOURAGES DONKEY VOTING
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: ENCOURAGES SPOILED BALLOTS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: AFFIRMATIVE ADVOCATES ARE TRYING TO SHIFT ELECTIONS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: BRINGS UNDESIRABLE VOTERS INTO THE PROCESS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: NOT SUPPORTED BY AMERICANS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: CRITICIZED BY CITIZENS OF COUNTRIES WHERE IT EXISTS
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN THE US
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: DIFFICULT/EXPENSIVE TO ENFORCE
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: WON’T FIX THE PROBLEM OF APATHY
  • ALTERNATIVES TO AFFIRMATIVE
  • A/T: MANY DEMOCRACIES REQUIRE MANDATORY VOTING
  • A/T: JURY DUTY JUSTIFIES COMPULSORY VOTING
  • A/T: COMPULSORY VOTING MAKES ELECTIONS CHEAPER
  • A/T: MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS NOT FORCED VOTING