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    no, unless there is an option for null!!!
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    (Original post by william walker)
    If everybody can vote and does so the government has a great mandate for change. So it can destroy the High Tory state.
    High turnout clearly doesn't lead to a destruction of the 'High Tory state', the highest turnout since 1945 was when a Labour government was voted in, plus the High Tory state isn't necessarily a bad thing for everyone
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    (Original post by colonel146)
    High turnout clearly doesn't lead to a destruction of the 'High Tory state', the highest turnout since 1945 was when a Labour government was voted in, plus the High Tory state isn't necessarily a bad thing for everyone
    It does over time. As it means the mandate of the government is greater than the Church, Monarchy or Aristocracy.
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    (Original post by thebluepenguin)
    Not necessarily. If the system just begins with finding people with degrees rather than anyone else who may be highly intelligent/politically aware/economic thinkers, it would just tag people with degrees and say 'the law requires you to vote'. This wouldn't favour any party.

    This would become more complicated with deciding which other 'categories' of people should have to vote.

    If this hypothetical system doesn't go beyond making it compulsory for degree-possessing people to vote, then I think it wouldn't be that bad a system.

    And yeah, it does contradict the right to vote (which therefore gives you the right to not vote), which is a problem. :/
    The accusations that people with higher educational levels are more left wing may or may not be true but the perception is powerful. Having people with degrees preferentially treated by the voting system will affect the political atmosphere, putting a bigger focus on graduate jobs than non-graduate jobs would be an obvious one.

    Honestly, I am pretty strongly against denying anyone the vote for any reason, ones right to self-determination should never be removed. If you choose to either not exercise that right or do so 'stupidly' is your problem.

    (Original post by william walker)
    No. Only those who own property and are married should be able to vote. Those the a stake and legacy in the nation.
    That is a terrible and would lead to the oppression and exploitation of the working class. Just like it did last time actually.
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    (Original post by mojojojo101)
    That is a terrible and would lead to the oppression and exploitation of the working class. Just like it did last time actually.
    Do you actually know anything about voting rights and exploitation of the working class? Or is this just some assumed knowledge you have pick up over the years?
 
 
 
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