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Posted 3/18/15

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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.


It is true that the influence of money will be less during voting seasons, but if someone doesn't care to vote, they will choose not to vote. I'll vote whenever I get the chance to, and the average voter won't be affected too much by this like myself, it seems like him and his democratic colleagues are responding to the midterm elections last year by making it so those who support him and his policies vote for his successor. Also keep in mind that he himself is hypocriting his 2012 election, because his campaign party raised about 1 billion dollars to retain his office, and here he is praising how elections are money-based..

If anything the people who choose to be more autonomous in their government will vote against compulsory voting if it is implemented. Remember that only 25% of the US votes.

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I'm going to be the dissenter and say that I think everyone should get their asses out there and vote. Though I'm not happy with the idea of a fine, it's rather pathetic that nobody gives a shit to even have a say in the government that affects every single aspect of their lives.
Posted 3/18/15

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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.


*rub rub rub*

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Well I did think that Obama was a good president. Now not so sure.
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And i wonder why i wanna leave the US...

I don't even know what to say I'm so dumbfounded...

Actually this reminds me of the stupid mandatory Portland arts tax they imposed a few years back. Also the proposed forced airport dress code they were tossing around for a while.

This is why i hate politics because idiots thinking they know whats best for the country when in fact they are so far out of touch they haven't a clue whats needed.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:
personally despise compulsory voting


What happens to you if you don't?
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This is just for bragging rights. Whatever snake gets elected can claim some BS like "the majority of the country voted for me." The only way to get elected is by deceiving voters and having money/connections to people with money. I don't want to be charged just because I refuse to vote for Snake 1 or Snake 2. What's next? Bringing back the draft and forcing people to die overseas in conflicts fueled by America's greed?
Posted 3/18/15

asharka wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:
personally despise compulsory voting


What happens to you if you don't?


you get fined a day or two day's wage...

it's not worth it to skip the voting for that...
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Mandatory voting will never happen. That would be limiting the freedom of the citizens. Voting is no longer a choice when it is forced. There is no way it would pass House, Senate and Congress. It wouldn't even make it to the President's desk.
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The fact that this country has such a low voter turnout should tell you something. It's a problem with the candidates, not the voters. If king Obama honestly wants voter turnout to increase, he should focus on endorsing candidates that want to help the public rather than forcing people to vote for someone they dislike. But since Obama is never honest, he'll never do that.
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PhantomGundam wrote:

The fact that this country has such a low voter turnout should tell you something. It's a problem with the candidates, not the voters. If king Obama honestly wants voter turnout to increase, he should focus on endorsing candidates that want to help the public rather than forcing people to vote for someone they dislike. But since Obama is never honest, he'll never do that.


Or.. ya know.. it IS a democracy. Maybe if people took an interest and voted in primaries and participated in getting candidates that they thought represented them in.... Kinda like how the system is supposed to work?

They're your parties, your candidates, and if you don't participate you don't have a say.. (but the flip side is if you do participate you have a lot of say).
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I like the idea as long as there is an actual "None of the above" option with a comment box for why you made your choice (or chose "None"). I don't see anything wrong with requiring everyone to vote as long as they are not forced to choose one of the options put in front of them, especially given an American style two party system.
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Or.. ya know.. it IS a democracy. Maybe if people took an interest and voted in primaries and participated in getting candidates that they thought represented them in.... Kinda like how the system is supposed to work?

They're your parties, your candidates, and if you don't participate you don't have a say.. (but the flip side is if you do participate you have a lot of say).


The only thing i have a problem with that is that its generally only the democrats or the republicans that are the ones that get a chance. There are other parties out there that never see the light of day because they are the minority. Our system doesn't really work because its corrupt.
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I don't want forced voting but I would like it if more people voted like +80%
I don't think the votes would go my way, but at least everyone would have
a hand in it(destruction of the country). None of that "I hate whats going on!"
"Did you vote?" ... "No.." You got no say if you don't wanna play.

My hope in that is you'd see fail after fail and people themselves would figure
it out and vote different, even if we see tough times for it.
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Khaltazar wrote:

Mandatory voting will never happen. That would be limiting the freedom of the citizens. Voting is no longer a choice when it is forced. There is no way it would pass House, Senate and Congress. It wouldn't even make it to the President's desk.


You know that your freedom to vote actually outranks your first amendment right?

That it's so damned important that you vote unimpeded of influence or coercion (meaning forcing you to vote for a particular party), that they actually restrict the first amendment rights of others while you vote.

I worked the polls last year during the election.The district I was working had several issues, including a write in candidate for a local office not respecting the distance required from the polls for campaigning We actually had to have the police come and enforce the border to maintain impartial votes. We had to remove all campaign materials from the voters view while others where waiting in line to vote. We adamantly refused to tell voters the name of said write in because it would be in violation of voting regulations and could be taken as coercing or influencing the vote.

People really have no idea how serious that shit is..
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