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In a recent issue of Politics Ben Saunders argued that the use of compulsory voting to increase turnout is misguided: lower turnout – even if unequal across social groups – is not necessarily undemocratic and may even serve democratic values. While accepting Saunders' normative premises that democratic decisions should be made by those affected by them and that distortions should be eliminated from the electoral process, I show that when implementing such ideals against empirical trends in voter behaviour and government responsiveness, compulsory voting is vindicated rather than invalidated.