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What difference does it make if the state makes people vote? This research demonstrates that compulsory voting offsets class bias and contributes to the overall equality of voter influence.

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Why is it important?

This research uses the rare case of abolishing compulsory voting in Venezuela and finds that not forcing people to vote yielded a more unequal distribution of income among the voter turnout.

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This page is a summary of: Compulsory Voting and Income Inequality: Evidence for Lijphart's Proposition from Venezuela, Latin American Politics and Society, January 2017, Cambridge University Press,
DOI: 10.1111/laps.12021.
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