Voter registration isn't normal part of democracy, says Friedman

A true democracy shouldn't require its citizens to register to vote, says Professor Steven Friedman.

Friedman, a political analyst, wrote a column this week arguing that the right to vote should be automatic.

He suggests that voter registration is not a very democratic practice.

Friedman says that Home Affairs records should have all the information proving eligibility on the voters roll.

He says making citizens queue to register, benefits many government officials who are exempt from their duties.

Voter registration is not a normal part of democracy.

Professor Steven Friedman, columnist and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy

In many parts of the world, it's not normal for people to register to vote.

Professor Steven Friedman, columnist and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy

There was a time in South Africa when people didn't register to vote.

Professor Steven Friedman, columnist and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy

Take a listen to him explain his arguments:


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