Make voting compulsory—and promote thoughtfulnessby Jeremy Paxman / December 14, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Let’s start with some practical changes in Britain. I would make it compulsory for people to vote in general elections. If you live in a society, that’s part of the deal, along with paying your taxes. Compulsory voting would be conditional, of course, upon there being a box on the ballot paper marked “None of the above.” To require citizens to make the minimal effort of going to a polling station every few years seems to me the least that anyone could be expected to do.