On Sept. 1 during an interview on Latvian radio, President Vaira Vike-Freiberga called for compulsory voting to solve the general political apathy in the electorate. It was not surprising for Latvians to recall the sham created by the compulsory voting in the former Soviet Union. Thirty-three percent of Latvians this year are predicted to vote in the up coming elections, quite far from the 100 percent promise of a compulsory voting law.The arguments for compulsory voting are obvious, if you have to do it you will and thus turnout will be higher, and higher turnout gives higher representatio...
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