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Fred Laflamme

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 21:44

Soggy greetings from PEI this Morning, Stephen. Well written, edited and particularly well assisted! Compulsory voting can be somewhat controversial although decidedly effective as proven in places like Australia and Belgium. In support of your first point re: civics, another theory which has been advanced as perhaps a workable approach in this country would be to make electoral participation compulsory for first-time voters only. These young voters would be mandated only to "turn out" and would also be provided with a "none of the above" option. Apparently, the suggested logic behind this thinking is that people who vote in the first election for which they are eligible, are considerably more likely to continue voting throughout their lives. Obligating new electors to get out and vote once (and early in their young lives) would go a long way towards establishing the "participaction" habit and help arrest the non - voting inertia that seems otherwise to have taken a generational grip. A not-too-insignificant corollary benefit accompanying such a measure is that it would force politicians to address the wants and needs of new and different sectors of an up and coming electorate and develop actions that are aligned with that electorate. Trust all is well with you, Kathie and the family. Will we see you down this way next month? Best, Fred

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Fred Laflamme
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