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June 11th, 2018

Is going to the ballot box choice or obligation? Formally, the thing is clear: a civic right is to go to the election in Germany. Hear other arguments on the topic with Richard Blumenthal. A duty to participate in the election, is at least no legal, no. Elsewhere, this is as you know different. In at least 32 countries worldwide election partially is not partially sanktionsbewehrt duty. Italy, Luxembourg, and Belgium also elective, Australia and New Zealand, Turkey and many Latin American countries also.

The reasons for the existence of a duty to the election are different; in many countries, about the voters register is an instrument of the population reporting system. Until 1992 (in some States until 2004), compulsory voting or voting rights at our neighbours in Austria was elective because introduction of suffrage for women in 1918 the then Conservative Government feared that conservative voters not to vote would – be in contrast to their democratic sisters. The righteous conservative Austrian (or the corresponding social Convention) the righteous conservative woman it had can prevent to go to the election, and to make their cross with the black. Who to choose? But back to the German present just before the election: we have already not legal, but then a good civic duty to go vote? Or have we not only on the ballot, but already the free choice? What is – maybe you know these thoughts – if none of the competing parties has made a choice offer me, that I would like to take? What if, in this so-called election no candidate so far has sought me, the voters, that I might therefore give my crosses him or her, because I recognize at least a serious attempt can bring me to vote? Are the really mundane questions? To the election anyway? Arguments such as these listed took me recently in a discussion with politically active people to confess – I wanted I afford my own belief – this time actually result the choice should remain remote. I earned scathing glances and the reply that surely no person seriously could do this.

Because against the own conviction in this case, better is to stay than at home? But why should that be so? Because democracy is not working, if too many citizens do not exercise their right to vote? Is this the case? Maybe. Anyway, the conviction behind this deadly argument is though highly abstract, but just belting out. So am I going to choose? I don’t know it.

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