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Post 114111       March 19 '15 at 01:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's if-there-weren't-all-those-pesky-rights department:
HughPickens.com writes CNN reports that when 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," said Obama "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 people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups. There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls." At least 26 countries have compulsory voting, according to the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. 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. Less than 37% of eligible voters actually voted in the 2014 midterm elections, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. That means about 144 million Americans — more than the population of Russia — skipped out. Critics of mandatory voting have questioned the practicality of passing and enforcing such a requirement; others say that freedom also means the freedom not to do something.
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Post 114120       March 19 '15 at 07:11 PM
You know what, I totally wouldn't mind mandatory voting, with a few caveats.
First off, it'll have to be a national holiday so you aren't burdened by work or school (and by school I mean college or taking your kids to school).
Secondly, they'll need to make it easy and convenient to do. I do not want to go stand around in a line for several hours to do my mandatory thing. I already do that on the drive to and from work.
Thirdly, they'll have to have an easier way to register for it or some system to accurately track people's eligibility status.
Fourth, no more of this electoral college and other special voting rules bullshit where their votes count more. One vote, one count.
Lastly, they'll need to fix voter fraud that's rampant in the country.