At the next federal election 1.5 million new voters will be forced to attend the polls. This could make a big difference to the election outcome.
Not only will we have another 1.5 million disinterested or disengaged voters throwing their hat into the ring but far worse than this, not all of the 1.5 million new voters will actually vote.
There are people out there who know in their hearts that their decision to vote should be their own. They know that their decision to vote should be free from any government coercion, in spite of what our government tells us.
So how do these people who believe in freedom react to being forced against their will to attend the polls? Some of them will ignore the laws and cop fines, while others grudgingly show up and make a donkey vote – a protest for freedom, but the trouble is it’s a protest that is all-but mute. These people’s voices will go unheard and make no difference to the election outcome.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the political divide, there is another group of people who will vote. They will cast a formal ballot. They won't object to being forced to the polls. They won’t react against the government’s nanny state rules. They won’t oppose the government’s heavy-handed coercion. They will trust their government knows best and vote accordingly. Can you guess whom these people are more likely to vote for?
Here's a hint: The Labor party are making voter enrollment automatic and the Liberals oppose it. The LNP are suggesting voluntary voting in Queensland and the ALP opposes it.
Let’s hope the 1.5 million would-be non-voters don’t lie down at the next election. Let’s hope they do defend their democratic freedom. But if they do, unfortunately, the nanny state will win. Only those who happily conform to big government nanny state regulations will be heard, and that's the way the socilaists like it.
Here are two good arguments for democratic voting:
- Many countries with voluntary voting have higher voter turnouts than we do because under voluntary voting leaders need to motivate, inspire and empower people to vote.
- All Australians should have the same free and equal right to vote, free from any government coercion.
Let's hold our politicians to a higher standard. Let's bring back democracy.