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Why Does Australia Have Forced Voting? | The Benefits and Flaws of Compulsory Voting

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The idea that citizens should vote on issues concerning them started in the 5th century BC in Athens, Greece. That’s how democracy was born, and most Western countries take pride in their freedom to vote. But were Athenian citizens free to vote?

Well, actually, they were forced to vote. Citizens were expected to be active in the government and were fined or marked if they weren’t.

So it’s funny when, today, somebody is introduced to compulsory (forced) voting for the first time. And, today, Australia is one of the best examples of forced voting.

So When Did Australia Introduce Compulsory Voting?

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