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Kurt Vonnegut

Forced voting follies

Forced voting follies

My old boss, William F. Buckley, often said liberals don't care what you do so long as it's compulsory (though he probably borrowed the line from his friend M. Stanton Evans).

There's probably no better illustration of this illiberal streak in liberalism than the idea of "compulsory voting." The argument usually goes like this: Voter turnout in America is low. Low voter turnout is bad. Therefore, we should make voting mandatory. (This argument is most popular after an election like this month's when things don't go so well for Democrats.)

When asked why low voter turnout is bad, one usually gets a mumbled verbal stew of Norman Rockwell-esque pieties about enhanced...