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Make participation in Democracy compulsory

Submitted on Friday 19th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

Petition Action

Make participation in Democracy compulsory

Additional Information

The reason e-petitions exist is that the Government does not have a definitive mandate on the policies it wishes to pursue. Basically, it does not know what the people want. We have a coalition government because the individual main political parties do not represent a majority, or even a majority of the minority of people who vote.

This petition is to instruct Parliament to make participation in Democracy compulsory - i.e. that every registered voter must cast a vote in (at least) general elections.

We already have compulsory participation in the national Census. If we want a democratic society, in which some claim to have no voice, then a compulsory voice in who governs us negates that argument and our country will be run by majority will, which is the definition of democracy, even if that voice is "no vote".

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

You are more likely to get action on this issue if you sign and share a single petition.

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