Carline Klijnman
Università degli Studi di Genova
In response to widespread voter ignorance, Jason Brennan argues for a voting ethics that can be summarized as one negative duty: do not vote badly. The implication that abstaining is always permissible entails no incentive for citizens to become competent voters or to vote once competent. Following the Condorcet Jury Theorem, this can lead to suboptimal outcomes, suggesting that voter turnout should concern instrumentalist epistemic accounts of democratic legitimacy. This could be addressed by adding two positive voting duties: to make an effort to become a competent voter; and, once competent, to vote.
Keywords voter ignorance  epistemic democracy  voting ethics  democratic legitimacy  condorcet jury theorem  citizen duties
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DOI 10.1080/08913811.2021.1932084
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