Arguments Against Compulsory Voting

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In the last election, controversial Melbourne Radio Commentator Derryn Hunch, an outspoken critic of Compulsory Voting, was elected as Senator of Victoria. He has famously never voted and has vowed to introduce legislation to scrap Compulsory Voting in Australia. His election into the Senate has raised the question of whether Compulsory Voting promotes Democracy or surprises the Freedom of Individuals.

Critics of Compulsory Voting argue that Voting is a Civic Right, rather than a Civic Duty. This means that while citizens can exercise their voting rights, they should not be obliged to if they believe it undermine their other rights such as Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. Constitutional Lawyers argue that if citizens are forced to
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