In Some Countries Around The World, Voting Is Compulsory. Do You Agree…

Hi PTE exam takers, today I am posting an essay on “Compulsory Voting”. I am giving you both views of for and against the topic. Both will provide you with the different perspective. Check it out and do write your view in the comment section.

Write about below given essay topic in 200-300 words. You have 20 minutes to finish the task.

ESSAY TOPIC:

In Some Countries Around The World, Voting Is Compulsory. Do You Agree With The Notion Of Compulsory Voting?

OR

If Voting Is Compulsory In A Democratic Society, What Conclusions Can We Draw About Nature Of Democracy?

MODEL ESSAY: (ARGUMENTS FOR)

The topic of compulsory voting in a democratic society as prevalent in over twenty nations is undeniably a controversial topic. Under the mandatory voting system, the eligible citizens, often starting at age 18 register for and participate in the democratic election of representatives. While there are many who disagree with the notion of compulsory voting, I am in favor of it.

The practice of compulsory voting results in higher voter turnout and produce governments with more stability, legitimacy and a genuine mandate to govern. The most beneficial aspect of it is an informed citizen, an enhanced caliber of representatives and better decisions. The system as a whole not only benefits offices and also benefits all individuals.

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For instance, one of the most well-known compulsory voting systems is in Australia. Prior to the 1924 compulsory voting law, the voter turnout was as low as 47% which soon jumped to between 91% and 96%. Some people perceived advantages to compulsory voting are the stimulation of broader interest politics, as a sort of civic education and political stimulation, which creates a better-informed population. In Australis, the voters who do not turn up could face a moderate fine while, in some countries like Belgium, the voters who don’t turn up could face prosecution or harsh punitive action.

In a nutshell, it can be said that mandatory voting system in a democratic society is beneficial, however, its implication in a friendly manner is of vital importance. Like compulsory education, voting should also be made mandatory for a democracy to be a democracy.

PTE ESSAY: In Some Countries Around The World, Voting Is Compulsory. Do You Agree With The Notion Of Compulsory Voting?

MODEL ESSAY: (ARGUMENTS AGAINST)

Democratic societies elect holders of high office by voting. Where some suggest that it is the duty of citizens to participate in decision making, other believe that it is undemocratic to force people to vote. Furthermore, compulsory voting may infringe other rights. I am against this notion and will further present my viewpoint in this essay.

The government can not force or threaten citizens with fines to cast their vote. Instead of seeing voting as a civic duty, rather see it a civic right. While citizens may exercise their civil rights they are not compelled to. For instance, most Christadelphians believe that they should not participate in political events. Forcing them to vote ostensibly denies them their freedom of religious practice. So enforcing compulsory voting system may infringe citizens of their liberty and other rights.

Another argument against compulsory voting is that voters often vote for candidates they have no knowledge of, simply to fulfill legal requirements. For instance, Brazil has one of the most well known compulsory voting systems but resentment among citizens against this mandatory step has increased from 43% in 2008 to 61% in 2014. Also, there is no evidence to suggest a change in government spending patterns or electoral outcomes in countries where compulsory voting is enforced.

In nutshell, no study suggests that the populations of Belgium or Australia for instance, where compulsory voting has long existed, are better informed and more politically aware than the populations of New Zealand, France, Canada or the Scandinavian countries, where voting has never been compulsory.

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