In Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy. New York: pp. 242-254 (2018)

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Annabelle Lever
Sciences Po, Paris
Annabelle Lever
SciencesPo, Paris
Abstract
The ethics of voting is a new field of academic research, uniting debates in ethics and public policy, democratic theory and more empirical studies of politics. A central question in this emerging field is whether or not voters should be legally required to vote. This chapter examines different arguments on behalf of compulsory voting, arguing that these do not generally succeed, although compulsory voting might be justified in certain special cases. However, adequately specifying the forms of voluntary voting that are consistent with democratic norms is likely to be philosophically complex and politically controversial.
Keywords ethics of voting, compulsory voting, equality and voting, duty to vote, right to vote, free-riding
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