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Government > Democracy > Compulsory voting > Penalty: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Sanctions applied for failing to vote. See http://www.int-idea.se/vt/analysis/Compulsory_Voting.cfm for more information.
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Argentina "Explanation, Fine, Infringement of civil rights or disenfranchisement " (-)
Australia "Explanation, Fine " (-)
Belgium "Explanation, Fine, Infringement of civil rights or disenfranchisement, other " (Women in 1949.)
Bolivia None/Infringement of civil rights or disenfranchisement (-)
Brazil Fine (Voluntary for illiterates and those over 70.)
Chile "Explanation, Fine, Possible imprisonment " (-)
Costa Rica None (-)
Cyprus "Explanation, Fine " (-)
Dominican Republic None (-)
Ecuador Fine (Voluntary for illiterates and those over 65.)
Egypt "Explanation, Fine, Possible imprisonment " (This is the year from which we have found the earliest law.)
Fiji "Explanation, Fine, Possible imprisonment " (*Presumably strict prior to the coup d'état)
Greece "Explanation, other " (-)
Guatemala None (-)
Honduras None (-)
Italy other (-)
Liechtenstein "Explanation, Fine " (-)
Luxembourg "Explanation, Fine " (Voluntary for those over 70.)
Mexico None / other (-)
Nauru "Explanation, Fine " (-)
Paraguay Fine (-)
Peru "Fine, Infringement of civil rights or disenfranchisement " (-)
Philippines None (-)
Singapore Infringement of civil rights or disenfranchisement (The non-voter is removed from the voter register until he/she reapplies and provides a reason.)
Thailand None (-)
Turkey "Explanation, Fine " (-)
Uruguay "Fine, Infringement of civil rights or disenfranchisement " (Law not in practice until 1970.)

Citation

"Countries Compared by Government > Democracy > Compulsory voting > Penalty. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2003. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Government/Democracy/Compulsory-voting/Penalty

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