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Voter turnout is abnormally low in the United States - -and closely correlates by eligible voter’s level of education and income. Compulsory voting can act as a stick to force voter turnout, but another approach is to encourage people to go to the polls by creating incentives to vote. Just as compulsory voting is not a clear cut issue, such reward-based practices can have their advantages and their disadvantages.
Does mandatory voting restrict or expand democracy? For many people who have never heard about the idea, mandatory voting sounds very strict: requiring people to go to the polls on Election Day. In the United States, it seems strange to present an action many consider a right as a required duty. Nevertheless, in many foreign countries, mandatory voting (sometimes referred to as compulsory voting) is an obvious democratic option.