Points of Information – We’re off to see the wizard …

Points of Information is an amusing Canadian take on the quaint Australian custom of compulsory voting in elections (i.e. the government punishes you by way of a fine if you cannot be bothered to get of bed and cast a vote in municipal, state & federal elections). As Tim Poon comments:

“Well, I dunno. I appreciate that voter participation is a key part of democracy, but punishing folks for not voting seems a little harsh. Of course, I’m not sure that bribing voters is the right approach, either. Is a “compulsory” voting process a “good thing” for democracy?”

Well it does mean that everyone votes (or most people) BUT does it mean their vote counts for something? I’m not so sure about that!