What Exactly Is A Duty to Vote ?
AbstractA duty to vote may be interpreted narrowly as no more than an obligation to cast oneâ€™s ballot, supporting a party or candidate in oneâ€™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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1266.
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Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Pivotal voting; Duty to vote; Compulsory voting; utilitarianism; expressive voting;
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