Thanks Daniel and to all for your insightful posts.
Peter’s last post made me think deeper about the ways to address the issue of low voter turnout. I fully agree that being pushed into voting is not likely to be effective and will likely produce aberrant results.
Perhaps part of the answer is to compel people to vote by presenting new ideas and real issues and refrain from the typical candidate mud-slinging, which drives people away from the democratic process.
Simply put, if the the issues as presented don’t resonate with the people and the candidates act like children, why would anyone support such a system? It’s human nature to reject that which is unpleasant, ergo low voter turnout.