Under Harb's proposed legislation, registered voters who don't cast ballots would escape the penalty if they provide a written reason justifying their absence.
What the hell? Is this grade school?
And what if I don't vote, don't give a written explanation and don't pay? Will I eventually go to jail for not voting?
How about pissing off and letting people decide what to do - or not do - with their vote?
I'm thinking that this grit thinks that if they force people to vote more people will vote for them. Their overwhelming urge to find a way around doing some GOTV reminds me of certain "Conservatives'" recent behaviour.
On the bright side,
Alex Swann, a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, said the federal government is not interested in any sort of mandatory voting requirement.
For now... but I'm hearing about this a lot lately. Maybe just a coincidence? I hope so.
I think there's probably a good chance that any party that tries to pass legislation forcing people to vote with a penalty of fining them will probably have record numbers of votes... against them.