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A short while ago, United States President Barack Obama announced his support for Mandatory voting. He claims that it will make fundraising obsolete and eliminate voting suppression. I'll have a link to the article I read below:

https://www.ijreview.com/2015/03/274408-obamas-solution-money-politics-completely-change-political-map/

I'd like to hear what you guys think about this.
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so is he gonna fine us for not voting now? >.>
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While I realize he's not a perfect president, this is just a bad idea. Some people don't want to vote and acknowledge they shouldn't. Will there be a tax if one chooses not to vote?
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It is worth noting that the republican party would not want this...only because it would not be in their favor. They are all for voter suppression and love the fact that political parties can now get unlimited funding (which was a terrible mistake by the supreme court).
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Mandatory voting and some serious redistricting and we might get somewhere. I hear Australia does it, and their turnout is over 90%.

http://www.idea.int/vt/countryview.cfm?CountryCode=AU
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AirMarshall wrote:

A short while ago, United States President Barack Obama announced his support for Mandatory voting. He claims that it will make fundraising obsolete and eliminate voting suppression. I'll have a link to the article I read below:

https://www.ijreview.com/2015/03/274408-obamas-solution-money-politics-completely-change-political-map/

I'd like to hear what you guys think about this.


Whoah, I'm getting dizzy from the spin. That's not what he said at all.

He said it'd be great if everyone voted and that mandatory voting "might be a better strategy in the short term" for countering the influence of money. In other words, to try and offset the travesty that is Citizens United.

He didn't even say he liked the idea.
Posted 3/18/15

Dubnoman wrote:

It is worth noting that the republican party would not want this...only because it would not be in their favor. They are all for voter suppression


lol I remember there was a thread about that here on CR. The focus was on something do do with names and passport.

Actually, this might in a weird way help them.

I thought they'd do a demo.
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Its called compulsory voting... and some religious group argue that they should not be forced to, hence is a expression of will.
I am pro to it.
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severticas wrote:


Dubnoman wrote:

It is worth noting that the republican party would not want this...only because it would not be in their favor. They are all for voter suppression


lol I remember there was a thread about that here on CR. The focus was on something do do with names and passport.

Actually, this might in a weird way help them.

I thought they'd do a demo.



It is true, though, about the voter suppression. Over the years, I've read of the Republicans trying to find ways to suppress the votes of people who typically vote democrat, such as black citizens or Latino citizens.
Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15
americans have my sympathies if this is successful



personally despise compulsory voting
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Both parties typically play dirty and try to mess with the vote counts. Not a fan of either.
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rosebudpony wrote:

While I realize he's not a perfect president, this is just a bad idea. Some people don't want to vote and acknowledge they shouldn't. Will there be a tax if one chooses not to vote?


You would likely be fined a small amount of money eg $10 so just void your ballet or write in someone else's name (vote for yourself as president). Not voting allows more extreme representatives into congress (seriously the some members of the GOP are crazy). Democracy fails or becomes corrupt when the electorate do not turn up to vote. Mandatory voting would also place pressure on congress to do their jobs as they will have to appeal to all their constituents rather than a small minority who would (and do) have a disproportionally high amount of influence over who the country is run as they are the ones who elect congress. In a nutshell don’t vote then members of congress, parliament, the Diet etc etc have no reason to listen or represent you.
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Voc666IV wrote:

You would likely be fined a small amount of money eg $10 so just void your ballet or write in someone else's name (vote for yourself as president). Not voting allows more extreme representatives into congress (seriously the some members of the GOP are crazy). Democracy fails or becomes corrupt when the electorate do not turn up to vote. Mandatory voting would also place pressure on congress to do their jobs as they will have to appeal to all their constituents rather than a small minority who would (and do) have a disproportionally high amount of influence over who the country is run as they are the ones who elect congress. In a nutshell don’t vote then members of congress, parliament, the Diet etc etc have no reason to listen or represent you.


Personally, when I turn 18, I will be voting because I can and I care about these things. I won't stick to one party, and just choose the best candidate.
I do worry about the folks who don't read into who they're voting for at all, and vote based on popularity, friend's choices, or a random candidate because they don't care.
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Regardless of whether or not Obama supports it, I'm against the idea of compulsory voting. This conversation could be about some school's faculty making the entire student body vote for the next class president and whatnot, and it'd still rub me the wrong way.
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After the steamrolling the Dems took in the last round of elections, of course he would suggest a policy that Dems would benefit from. Either way, he has all to often said one thing and done another. Other then the massive tax package that is Obamacare getting passed quietly in the middle of the night with no congressional discussion, what other facets of his 2008 campaign platform has he come through with.

Even if there was 100 percent turnout, the big corps from the energy sector, Big AG/Biotech, Wall Street, and military industrial complex would still be shelling out the money to buy the votes they need, and there respective lobbyists would still be writing up the legislation through ALEC. This is modern day America, and there is no reducing the influence of money in Washinton DC. The influence of corporate money is already entrenched in the system, and anything that comes next is built around it.
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