Buying Votes in Elections
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 29 May 2011, Question 6
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 29 May 2011, I answered a question on buying votes in elections.
Should it be legal in a free society to buy votes? It doesn't seem that the practice would violate anyone's rights, so shouldn't it be legal for a person who wants to hold office to pay willing voters to cast their vote for him?
My Answer, In Brief: To buy votes in an election would not only be wildly expensive but also likely ensure defeat. It's not an activity that could or should be banned.
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