Published on February 17, 2015

Is it a moral duty to vote?

People & participation

By Tim Hughes

Tim is Involve's incoming director, taking over from 21st January 2017. Tim has led campaigns and advocacy on open government; advised national, devolved and local governments, civil society organisations and multilateral institutions; and researched and written on topics including public participation, open government, democratic reform, civil society advocacy and public administration.

The Big MazeTomorrow evening our Chair of Trustees, Ed Mayo, is entering the lions’ den of the Radio 4’s Moral Maze to discuss whether or not it’s a moral duty to vote. In true participatory style, we want to hear your thoughts. Is it a moral duty to vote? Should we introduce compulsory voting? What are the alternatives? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Update – 18 Feb 2015, 22:55

Here are the views that we collected from Twitter:

Image Credit: The BIG Maze, Victoria Pickering

One Response to “Is it a moral duty to vote?”

  1. James
    February 18, 2015 at 12:06 am

    It is a morally good thing to vote because the more people who vote, the better representative Parliament will be of the electorate. It also gives the party that wins a much stronger mandate to represent the electorate. When people vote, they will probably be more interested in learning the important issues and getting involved in the debates. They feel they have a greater stake in society. They feel like they belong to something important and bigger than themselves.

    However, despite all of the above, I wouldn’t make voting compulsory. There will be occasions when people have more important things to do on the day than vote. People should also vote for the good reasons above, rather than being motivated to avoid a penalty.

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