The 180 | May 29, 2014 | 9:10

Can low voter turnout be good for democracy?

Conventional wisdom says if you want a healthy democracy, you should encourage everyone to vote. But political scientist David Moscrop says more traffic at the polls can actually hurt the democratic process.

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