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Mandatory voting In America?


Mandatory voting In America?

The president whose major policy achievement is mandatory health insurance thinks maybe voting should be mandatory, too. Asked how to offset the influence of big money in politics, President Barack Obama suggested it's time to make voting a requirement. "Other countries have mandatory voting," Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland, where he spoke about the importance of middle class economics. "It would be transformative if everybody voted -- that would counteract money more than anything," he said, adding it was the first time he had shared the idea publicly.

The clout of millionaires and billionaires in campaign funding has been enormous, and many claim the uber wealthy have undue leverage in politics. "The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups," Obama said. "There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls."

At least 26 countries have compulsory voting. Failure to vote is punishable by a fine in countries such as Australia and Belgium; if you fail to pay your fine in Belgium, you could go to prison.

Aside from campaign finance issues, the United States also grapples with one of the lowest voter turnout rates among developed countries. Less than 37% of eligible voters actually voted in the 2014 midterm elections. That means about 144 million Americans -- more than the population of Russia -- skipped out.

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{Is it right for a government to force its citizens to vote? Would that include all municipal, state and federal elections? Voting is a responsibility in a democratic country but can they force responsibility? On the other hand they force people to wear seatbelts in their cars so why not casting a ballot? How can we leave the election of folks who will run the most powerful nation that ever existed to only 37% of the eligible voters? This is rule decided by a minority of Americans. Is this what we want?

How would it likely change the reality of a two party system? Would the party with most members always win? Or would it be a chance to open up opportunities for less known parties like the Libertarians and Classic Liberals? Would mandatory voting be a good thing or is it a bad idea? What do you think?

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3/23/2015, 11:50 am Link to this post PM Noserose
 
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It appears there would be a paradox when it came to tracking who actually voted.

Would Obama and the Democrats now be for mandatory voter identity of some sort or another?

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3/24/2015, 12:36 am Link to this post PM The Cracker
 


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