Peter Sperry

I believe coercing low interest citizens into voting would be a very bad idea. In my experience, their knowledge of public affairs is limited and their votes are swayed by trivia. I would rather not have critical public policies determined by representatives elected by marginally attached citizens motivated by coercion who at best use an eenie, meanie, minie, moe selection process for their vote and at worst sell their votes to whichever candidate promises the most unrealistic package of benefits. If individuals are not motivated enough to vote without coercion, the rest of us are better off if they stay home.