We have had the same issues here, as when turn out drops into the 70's the limited thinkers, usually the left start talking about making a law and forcing people to vote. When the only tool you have is a hammer, all solutions involve nails and the left has only force.
Having said that, there is no easy solution. In taking part in the above debate I wrote that if politicians want people to change their schedule, go out of their way and go into a polling station and mark it with a pencil [we do that here - the most trusted way] then they should have something worth selling. if all their doing is spewing party line, then their a lamp post that talks and I have better things to do...like writing essays about lamp post politicians and asking really, really rude questions as at all candidates meetings. But in the end, if none of them meets the minimum requirement, then no. What I did in the last federal election was work for an independent because I was bored, but we had an impact, the other slobs started having to talk about what we were talking about...that's the start.
And I agree, but I always think of this one candidate I covered in the late 70's. He was a Roman Catholic Priest who ran for the New Democratic Party nomination - left, leftists who hate God etc. and won. He won the riding against odds and served one term in Parliament. In an interview I asked him if his success was divine intervention. He replied immediately, "No, a lot of hard work and sweat. But you know what? I learned something the first day. I asked people to help me and they did. Most of them said they had never been asked by the candidate today.
Part of the US problem is the system. Who in the US can expect to be able to shake a presidential candidates hand? Here, we all can and often do.