Compulsory Voting in the United States?

Everyone has to vote in Australia if eighteen years of age. Don’t vote. Don’t have an acceptable excuse? The fine is twenty dollars. “If, within 21 days, the apparent non-voter fails to reply, cannot provide a valid and sufficient reason or declines to pay the penalty, then prosecution proceedings may be instigated. If the matter is dealt with in court and the person is found guilty, he or she may be fined up to $50 plus court costs.”[1] Prior to 1924 voting had dropped to 47% of the population in Australia, hence the law.

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