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Asked 2nd Mar, 2017
  • Institute H21

Should multiple citizenship allow the right to vote in multiple countries?

People in some countries are allowed to have more than one citizenship. This allows them to vote in elections in more countries. My immediate reaction to this is that it increases inclusivity which is good. However, even more I think about this from let's say "global citizen's" perspective this seems to me somehow unfair in the sense of unequal vote (some people can influence the politics in more countries than others). I think it's pretty tricky question because it has as pros as cons for integrity of elections. What is your idea about this?

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Compulsory voting is not a new concept, either theoretically or in practice. Currently, 22 countries have laws for compulsory voting, but they are not enforced in 11. The practice creates a legal obligation for a citizen to vote in elections.  If one fails to vote, he or she may be subject to punitive measures, such as fines or community service.  
Recently, US president Barrack Obama brought public attention to "mandatory" voting by advocating the practice.  He has defended his advocacy with an argument based upon expanding the electorate in the interest of greater democratic legitimacy.
Voter turnout in the US is quite low compared with turnout in other mature democracies.  Chronic nonvoters in the US are disproportionately poor, members of minorities, and in general, socially disadvantaged.  It is argued by Obama and others, that compulsory voting would increase both the size and diversity of the active electorate.
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(Please see my article, "The Moral Problem of Nonvoting".  The pdf is attached below.)
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I am interested in the following questions:
What are extreme democratic outcomes(EDO)? When should they be expected to take place? Do they work under sustainability theory or chaos theory?. Are they the extreme opposite of the normal democratic outcomes that are supposed to come out from democratic models based on majority rule one person one vote? Do they follow normal independent voting/preferences and ranking assumptions?.
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Without having answers to the questions above, it is difficult a) to predict EDOs and therefore to avoid them; b) it is not possible to see how you can deal with them once they take place; c) it is difficult to see the link between chaos in the creation and the sustaining of the conditions behind the extreme democratic outcome; and d) it is difficult to see what needs to be done to create the conditions for extreme democratic outcomes to revert towards normal democratic outcomes.
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The fact that polling and the media missed the coming the BREXIT and the USEXIT, the subsequent lost of BREXIT and the fact that extreme democratic outcomes did not materialize in France and the Netherlands indicate that a theory of extreme democratic outcomes and democracy is needed urgently.
I am working on a series of papers on the topic right now as it is clear that at least in the short and medium term some extreme democratic outcomes and their consequences are here to stay, and stay longer if we keep treating them as if we are dealing with normal democratic outcomes.
Is anybody here working in the lines of extreme democratic outcomes, a line where normal ideas of voting theories and preference ranking may no longer work?.  Any comments?

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