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Old 11.01.2021, 08:27
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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This is a fantastically important point.

But the UK, like most countries, really needs to sharpen its democratic polling of public opinion, a.k.a. voting. Every person eligible to vote should be required to express their opinion, even if only to formalize "no opinion". Compulsory voting is the only way to understand the desires of ALL of the electorate. In a simple binary vote like a referendum, there are actually three possible.outcomes:
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. I don't know/couldn't be arsed voting/don't want to tell you my opinion

All three are available In compulsory voting (the third by not filling in or deliberately spoiling the ballot). Even if a voter decides option 3 (no vote), they have actively exercised their right not to state an opinion, rather than passively had that opinion foisted upon them.
Not so sure it works though. You have a binary state, but three outcomes, it doesnt match.

If the idea is that leave would have to gain enough leave to beath remain + dont know, then leave is at a disadvantage.

If you turn the question round "do you want to remain in the EU ?" and "yes" doesn't beat leave plus "dont know" do you then leave ?

It all gets very difficult.

Simpler is to have two options "Yes" or "No" but say if you don't vote you get fined, or shot, or some suitable deterrent. then you push enough people to get to the booth to say its a reasonably high turnout.
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