Les Wallons et le vote obligatoire. Qui irait encore voter aux élections communales, régionales, fédérales et européennes?

Translated title of the contribution: Walloons and compulsory voting. Who would still vote in the communal, regional, federal and European elections?

Conrad Meulewaeter, Vincent Jacquet, Min Reuchamps

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Abstract

From the age of 18, Walloons, like the rest of the Belgians, are obliged to go to the polls at every election. Such an obligation is - now - rare on a global scale where one finds traces of it, with or without sanctions, in only thirty-one states or parts of states. In Belgium, voters have had to comply with this requirement since 1893, even though not everyone actually participates in the vote. A question at the heart of representative democracy must therefore be asked, since this representation is based on the participation of voters: who would still vote in elections if voting were no longer compulsory?
Translated title of the contributionWalloons and compulsory voting. Who would still vote in the communal, regional, federal and European elections?
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationLe Baromètre social de la Wallonie. Engagement, confiance, représentation et identité
EditorsRébécca Cardelli, Thierry Bornand, Sébastien Brunet
Place of PublicationLouvain-la-Neuve
PublisherPresses universitaires de Louvain
Pages213-229
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-2-87558-334-5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CESPOL
  • CMAP
  • Compulsory voting
  • Vote obligatoire
  • Wallonia
  • Wallonie

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