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Against detaching the duty to vote

Against detaching the duty to vote
Against detaching the duty to vote
Many people believe that citizens of a democracy have a duty to vote, yet this overlooks an important distinction between voting well and voting badly. Those who vote well may be doing what they ought to do, but it does not follow that those who vote badly are doing anything that they ought to do. While one cannot vote well unless one votes, a duty to vote as such cannot be detached from a more particular duty to vote well. Thus, even if there is an obligation to vote well, there may be no obligation to vote simpliciter.
duty; obligation; participation; voting
0022-3816
753-756
Saunders, Ben
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Saunders, Ben
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Saunders, Ben (2020) Against detaching the duty to vote. The Journal of Politics, 82 (2), 753-756. (doi:10.1086/706596).

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Abstract

Many people believe that citizens of a democracy have a duty to vote, yet this overlooks an important distinction between voting well and voting badly. Those who vote well may be doing what they ought to do, but it does not follow that those who vote badly are doing anything that they ought to do. While one cannot vote well unless one votes, a duty to vote as such cannot be detached from a more particular duty to vote well. Thus, even if there is an obligation to vote well, there may be no obligation to vote simpliciter.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 January 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 January 2020
Published date: April 2020
Keywords: duty; obligation; participation; voting

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Local EPrints ID: 428109
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428109
ISSN: 0022-3816
PURE UUID: 108fe108-ac0a-4648-a586-41ffe9a405da
ORCID for Ben Saunders: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5147-6397

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Date deposited: 11 Feb 2019 17:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 07:11

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