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September-October 2020 NSDA Lincoln-Douglas: Compulsory Voting SPECIAL EDITION

September-October 2020 NSDA Lincoln-Douglas: Compulsory Voting SPECIAL EDITION

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release this special edition handbook on the September-October 2020 NSDA Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic, compulsory voting! The resolution, as released by the National Speech and Debate Association, is:

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

A list of briefs for this book appears below.

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Compulsory Voting Index


META

  • VOTING BEHAVIOR IS COMPLEX

AFFIRMATIVE

  • COMPULSORY VOTING JUSTIFIED: VOTING IS A CIVIC DUTY
  • COMPULSORY VOTING EMPOWERS CITIZENS
  • 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 HELPS DISENFRANCHISED GROUPS 
  • 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 DECREASES INCOME INEQUALITY 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING GOOD: STOPS APATHY 
  • 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 UNDERMINES AUTONOMY 
  • A/T: THERE IS A RIGHT NOT TO VOTE 
  • 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: WE CAN SOLVE WITH SMALLER REFORMS 
  • A/T: AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES MISUSE COMPULSORY VOTING 


NEGATIVE 

  • THE AFFIRMATIVE HAS A HUGE PRESUMPTION AGAINST IT 
  • 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: THE VOTERS WILL BE ILL-INFORMED 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: WILL NOT INCREASE THE EDUCATION OF VOTERS 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: HURTS FREEDOM 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: VIOLATES RIGHT NOT TO SPEAK/VOTE 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: WILL NOT BRING HARMONY TO POLITICS 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING WILL NOT INCREASE GOVERNMENT LEGITIMACY 
  • 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 IS IRRELEVANT 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN THE US 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: DIFFICULT/EXPENSIVE TO ENFORCE 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING BAD: WON’T FIX THE PROBLEM OF APATHY 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING WILL NOT DECREASE INCOME INEQUALITY 
  • COMPULSORY VOTING WILL NOT INCREASE POLITICAL EQUALITY 
  • VOTING IS NOT NECESSARY TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY/LIBERTY 
  • ALTERNATIVES TO AFFIRMATIVE 
  • A/T: FREE RIDERS ARGUMENT 
  • 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