You might think it’s because the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation thinks this is genuine democracy: after all, even though there’s just one candidate (Party-approved, natch) for each post, you can still vote your disapproval by putting your ballot in another box for “no” votes. But nobody does that, probably because of the obvious wisdom of the Party’s choices, guided as they are by Juche spirit and the wisdom of Kim Jong Un.
You might also be a bit more cynical and think it’s so they can boast a 99.7 percent turnout to prove how enthusiastic the people are about their
People’s Democracy life in Hell.
But you’d be wrong. Per the CNN article, here’s the real reason the “mountain bandits” have compulsory voting:
The compulsory universal turnout, analysts and defectors say, serves another important purpose for the government.
The election acts as an unofficial census, allowing the government to discover who has defected or otherwise gone missing. And that spells big trouble, not only for the missing voter, but also for his or her family.
Get it? If you don’t vote, your family probably gets sent to Kim’s gulag.
President Obama, who has himself shown authoritarian tendencies, has expressed interest in mandatory voting.
Let’s not encourage him, okay? (1)
(1) To the humorless Left — I kid! I kid! Maybe.