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Is voting moral?

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(This is primarily a place holder for a larger, more detailed examination.)

There is a Catholic view that voting is a duty... a moral imperative. Conversely, there is a libertarian view that voting is inherently immoral, utilizing a violent government to coerce the enforcement of decisions made by the champion of largest pluralities... in short, "mob rule."

I think that polling the public is a needed part of democracy, but voting is not the same thing. First, we must make sure that the value of polling is preserved. We cannot afford to dismiss the other pluralities for the sake of one champion. Second, we must decide the ethical and moral value of deciding an issue by vote: Mob rule is not an action demonstrating morals/mores.