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

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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.
Option 3 (no vote) doesn't get counted (except as.sppoled ballots, if the voter decides to do that). If the voter does not want to participate in the democratic process, s/he simply gets their name crossed off the list at the polling booth as if they had actually voted.

Australia has compulsory voting but nobody ever expects every voter to actually lodge a vote. They are, however, expected to turn up to the polling booth to consciously exercise their right to vote—or not to vote. I hope this makes sense...
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