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What Exactly Is A Duty to Vote ?


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  • Dan Usher

    (Queen`s University)


A duty to vote may be interpreted narrowly as no more than an obligation to cast one’s ballot, supporting a party or candidate in one’s own interest exclusively or, if one so pleases, with some regard for the community as a whole. Alternatively, a duty to vote may be interpreted broadly as including an obligation to vote for the party or candidate seen as best for society as a whole. This essay is a defence of the narrower, less stringent, duty, with no obligation about whom to vote for except in so far as viciousness or outright injustice is expected from the election of a party or candidates for office.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1266.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1266

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Keywords: Pivotal voting; Duty to vote; Compulsory voting; utilitarianism; expressive voting;

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  1. Should voting be compulsory?
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-06-03 14:18:00


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