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Increasing Electoral Turnout Among the Young: Compulsory Voting or Financial Incentives?

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Tozer, Thomas

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Abstract Low electoral turnout has led to a vicious circle for which the young do not vote and vote-seeking politicians ignore their needs. A powerful method is needed to address this in both the short-term and long-term. I consider two such methods: compulsory voting and a scheme of financial incentives for young voters. The financial incentive scheme that I consider would pay young people £30 if they attend an hour-long information session on the election, an hour-long discussion session, and then vote. I argue that my proposed financial incentive scheme is preferable to compulsory voting because it is more likely to lead young people to deliver reasoned, quality votes than compulsory voting, and it does not violate individual liberty.
Keywords voter turnout; young adult; election research; voting behavior; Intergenerational relations; justice; suffrage; young voter; political interest
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords compulsory voting
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Journal Intergenerational Justice Review (2016) 1
Issue topic Low Electoral Turnout among Young Voters
ISSN 2190-6335
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial