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Sun Mar 11, 2012, 10:16 PM

Should voting be mandatory in America?

Recently with all of these voter ID laws being proposed, I started pondering what it would be like if voting was mandatory instead, like how the U.S. Census is required every few years. Not that there's much of a chance of it happening anytime soon with all of these Republicans in power wanting to keep people from voting, but I believe voting should be mandatory because it's only fair that everyone should have a say in how the country is ran.

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Reply Should voting be mandatory in America? (Original post)
Jamaal510 Mar 2012 OP
niyad Mar 2012 #1
dimbear Mar 2012 #2
SATIRical Mar 2012 #20
The Magistrate Mar 2012 #3
Lint Head Mar 2012 #4
COLGATE4 Mar 2012 #22
pipi_k Mar 2012 #5
trackfan Mar 2012 #6
2ndAmForComputers Mar 2012 #9
RebelOne Mar 2012 #26
Johnny Rico Mar 2012 #7
SugarShack Mar 2012 #8
bart95 Mar 2012 #10
loyalsister Mar 2012 #11
cynatnite Mar 2012 #12
demosincebirth Mar 2012 #13
Nye Bevan Mar 2012 #15
demosincebirth Mar 2012 #23
dpbrown Mar 2012 #14
ohheckyeah Mar 2012 #16
-..__... Mar 2012 #17
cherokeeprogressive Mar 2012 #18
Speck Tater Mar 2012 #19
HopeHoops Mar 2012 #21
Throd Mar 2012 #24
FSogol Mar 2012 #25

Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 10:36 PM

1. in that case, the parties damned well better be coming up with decent candidates.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 10:46 PM

2. Everyone does have a say. "I don't care" is a say.

Americans, let's face it, aren't too bright. Let's let the motivated continue to rule.

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Response to dimbear (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:31 AM

20. +1 (nt)

 

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 10:46 PM

3. It Could Cure Much That Is Wrong With Our Political Life, Sir

Most of the worst features of our politics are attempts to 'shape the electorate' which turns out on a particular date, by discouraging some demographic elements and exciting others to great fervor. Simply ensuring everyone of voting age came out to vote would render such tactics null.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 10:58 PM

4. Would you put people into jail that do not vote?

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 10:19 AM

22. Many countries require voting by law.

If you fail to vote you pay a fine. I for one believe it would be a marked improvement in our system, particularly if Election Day were changed so as to take place on a Saturday or preferably Sunday so voters would not have to compromise their pay in exchange for fulfilling their civic duty.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 10:58 PM

5. Not sure what

that would accomplish.

yeah, we'd get people to the polls, but what happens after that?


I'm not sure I would like an unqualified person being elected accidentally just because a whole lot of pissed off people, forced to vote, happened to pull random levers.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 11:00 PM

6. Yes, but with a "None of the above" option. nt

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Response to trackfan (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:02 AM

9. ^^^ Yes.

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Response to trackfan (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 08:33 PM

26. Yes, I would go with that option. n/t

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 11:03 PM

7. No. Gee, that was easy.

 

...I believe voting should be mandatory because it's only fair that everyone should have a say in how the country is ran.

If someone can't be troubled to vote of their own accord, I don't want them to have a say in how the country is run.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 11:58 PM

8. In Austrailia they tack on the equal payment due of $250.00 on your tax bill at end of year

 

for not voting. France, Venezuala, they vote at 85% too. They all have healthcare and actually get something for all of their tax dollars. WE...can't even get a pothole fixed!

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:15 AM

10. mourning public leader should be mandatory, too

 

any leader worth people being forced to vote for, is worth forcing people to mourn for

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:15 AM

11. I don't think so

I look at it as a privilege and a duty. If it were to be considered only a duty, I think it would lose an important conceptual element of it's value.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:19 AM

12. Nope, but it would be better to make election day a federal holiday. n/t

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Response to cynatnite (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:31 AM

13. I do too, but the republicans will not go for it.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:40 AM

15. You don't need to make it a holiday.

Postal ballots for all, with a postage-paid envelope. No more polling places or having to vote within a specified time window on a specific day.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #15)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 08:11 PM

23. More people vote the worse it is for republicans. They know it, too. Why do you think the want

to suppress voting in certain states and cities? I agree with you...postal ballots.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:37 AM

14. Yes, it's the price of living in a democracy


Australia makes voting basically mandatory, and also uses ranked choice voting. That's the direction we should be going here, not into making voting even more exclusion with faux voting fraud and new Jim Crow laws.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:49 AM

16. Sure....

let's line people up and shoot them for not voting.

Seriously, why would we force people to vote?

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 01:13 AM

17. Sure...

 

and it would be my sincerest wish that the legislator that introduced any such bill, the bills cosponsors, the legislators that voted "yea" and the CiC that signed the bill into law, be promptly voted out of office.

Now... how do you like dem apples?

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 01:14 AM

18. Nnnnnope.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 02:48 AM

19. So that all the people who don't give a damn will step in the booth and choose at random? nt

 

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:48 AM

21. It has been in Australia for decades. Of course, they also got rid of the penny decades ago.

 

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 08:30 PM

24. HELL NO! Go talk to ten random strangers.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 08:32 PM

25. Nope. n/t

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