B1197 - Elections (Compulsory Voting) Bill 2017

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Elections (Compulsory Voting) Bill 2017, Saracen’s Fez MP

Elections (Compulsory Voting) Bill 2017

An Act to institute compulsory voting.

1: Provisions
(1) It is compulsory to vote in elections in which one is eligible to vote.
(2) There will appear on all ballot papers the option to cast a blank vote, which will not be counted for any candidate.
(3) Members not attending a polling station, completing a postal vote or voting by proxy in an election in which they are eligible to vote will be given a fixed penalty notice of £60.
(4) If an eligible voter feels they have a reason for which they were not able to vote, which may include, but is not limited to, illness, medical treatment, unplanned absence from the country on polling day, or incarceration, they may take their case before a magistrate, who is able to annul the fixed penalty notice.

2: Extent
This Act extends to the United Kingdom.

3: Commencement
The provisions of this Act come into force on the 1st of April 2019.

4: Short Title
This Act may be cited as the Elections (Compulsory Voting) Act 2017.


Notes
Subject to the approval of automatic voter registration, it is possible to have a robust arrangement for compulsory voting. This will require all eligible voters to exercise their democratic right and responsibility or risk a £60 fine. Magistrates will be responsible for determining people who genuinely have a reason for being unable to vote. The opportunity to cast a blank vote is there for people who genuinely wish to abstain or whose religious beliefs mandate abstention from politics, but this abstention must now be an active one, rather than a passive decision brought on by laziness.
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No no no no no

Not wanting to take part in elections is completely fine, what does forcing people to do something they do not want to do achieve?
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This brings no real benefit. I'm making the presumption that the reason behind this is to increase voter turnout, if so, there are better ways to go about doing so. Nay.
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what does forcing people to do something they do not want to do achieve?
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what's the difference in not turning up vs. ticking the blank vote. It's just nonsense.
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Nay- this is clearly not the way to increase turnout, you have to make people vote due to their own will and not a fine looming over them.
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Nay, compulsory voting usually leads to "donkey voting", which in my opinion is even more damaging to democracy than not turning out at all.
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Nay , awful idea
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Nay, compulsory voting usually leads to "donkey voting", which in my opinion is even more damaging to democracy than not turning out at all.
I agree with the right honourable gentleman. Compulsory voting isn't the way to go, people will just vote "any old party" which will damage our democracy.
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Nay, compulsory voting usually leads to "donkey voting", which in my opinion is even more damaging to democracy than not turning out at all.
I would back this amendment if the MRLP formed
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No, this bill will make it a legal requirement for foreigners to vote in elections where they should not have a voice.
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No, this bill will make it a legal requirement for foreigners to vote in elections where they should not have a voice.
Probably the most bizarre reason one could think of for opposing this bill.
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Formatting, and beyond that a poor idea, why should people be legally mandated to vote?
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Nay.
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(Original post by Nigel Farage MEP)
No, this bill will make it a legal requirement for foreigners to vote in elections where they should not have a voice.
you really are an absolute arse
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Nay although perhaps the meta debate is an issue. How would we fine every member of TSR who didn't vote....
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you really are an absolute arse
I do not believe EU nationals should have had the right to vote in the EU referendum; this bill would force them to vote.
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PetrosAC can we dupe check jammy duels voters in the next election as his comments about dupes has me worried he may try something

Wrong thread I had multiple open
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Nay. Jehovah's witnesses do not engage in political activity, which whilst I disagree with, I defend their being able to.
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