Yesterday we talked about making voting mandatory. I received one intriguing email too late to share on air. The suggestion was, like Australia, track voters and non-voters through the already existing lists. The difference in this case was not a minimal fine for not voting, charged to your taxes, but taking you off the “other” government lists. Basically, if you don’t vote, you are not eligible for E.I., or healthcare, or your government pension. If you don’t vote in a provincial election, you can’t renew your O-HIP or your Drivers’ License. Way too punitive for my liking, but it shows how seriously we should take voting. I know the argument is if voting was mandatory, it doesn’t mean people will be educated about the issues and we’d end up electing weenie, weenie as well as Moe. Democracy also means you have a right to not participate in the process, and I could not refuse any Canadian healthcare because they wee too apathetic to vote. If nothing else, raising the issue means we’re talking about it, and talking about it may actually prompt one more voter to pry him or herself off the couch and get out and vote. In an ideal society, we would all vote. In an ideal society, we wouldn’t have as many unsolved issues as we face today. There is no ideal society. Just like our system. It may not be the best, but I’ve stopped the search for a better one.