It vaguely bothers me to read about being forced to vote. Everyone should WANT to vote. I positively look forward to voting each and every time possible.
I understand the intent. If nearly everyone votes, it is REALLY hard to complain afterwards. But the forced part just doesn't seem quite right.
I chose not to vote in ONE election. Carter vs Reagan vs Anderson in 1980. I supported the 3rd Party candidate Anderson. Mt voting line was 3 hours long and Anderson didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning. So I didn't vote.
It bothers me to this day that I didn't stay in line and vote anyway!
I get your point. I do. But I think perception is majorly formed by what system you grew up in. Freedom is important. Extremely important.
But as a civilian and a member of society, you also have duties. Voting, here, is concidered such a civic duty. And I don't see anything wrong with that.
Turns out I was wrong, by the way. We don't have the duty to vote. One can still refuse to vote or vote 'blank'. (And every time, you do have 'pirate-parties', existing on a joke or a genuine desire to give people the chance to cast aside their vote in protest.)
But we do have the duty to show up for the voting. Not showing up is what can get you the fine. So if you're there, you might as well cast a real vote or one for the pirates, yarrr.
Also, historically speaking, the reason why we have this duty to show up and either cast a vote or cast blank, is not because then no-one gets to complain. It was demanded by the socialist party to ensure that the rich wouldn't be the only ones to effectively go vote, nor that they could prohibit their workers of their factories etc to go from casting their vote. It originally was a way to protect average Joe.