Mandatory voting would force uninformed voters to participate. That's not good for democracy.
One of the main reasons non-voters avoid the ballot box is that they just don’t care enough to get informed. That’s sad. But forcing them to vote won’t change that. Indeed, it takes a twisted understanding of democracy to say that our politics will be greatly improved by getting more input from uninformed people.
Americans are surprisingly ignorant of how their government works, or the social issues that the United States faces. It's not entirely their fault, but should they be forced to vote?
Thirty-five percent of Americans can’t name a single branch of our government, according to a 2014 survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. And only around a third of Americans can name all three branches. The ignorance doesn’t end there: 44 percent and 42 percent of respondents in the 2014 survey didn’t know which party controlled the House and Senate respectively—despite the fact that much of the political news in the past two years had been about the Republican House vs. the Democrat Senate. Do we really want to force uniformed Americans to vote?