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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Quote Originally Posted by stekim View Post
    As long as "none of the above" is mandated for every ballot I'm on board.
    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    You don't have to actually mark you ballot when you vote.
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    I still want none of the above on my ballot.
    I'd vote more if "non of the above" were an option.

    For example, if "non of the above" got the majority vote, then the election starts all over will all new candidates.

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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Jerry done wrote "if "non of the above" got the majority vote, then the election starts all over will all new candidates."

    That sounds like a real productive plan. !! vote followed by revote !!
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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    Jerry done wrote "if "non of the above" got the majority vote, then the election starts all over will all new candidates."

    That sounds like a real productive plan. !! vote followed by revote !!
    Vote followed by different vote

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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    I remember in Brazil voting was (is) mandatory. When you vote, you get a receipt of sorts that verifies you voted. This receipt is like a piece of gold. You can't open a bank account, register a business, apply to post-secondary, and many other things without that receipt.

    I'm not sure how I feel about it. Voter apathy is growing in modern democracies, rendering them less effective. For instance, in Canada's last Federal election, 40% of the country didn't vote. That means that the politicians in Parliament are only representing 60% of the total country.

    On the other hand... forcing people to vote means they might not make an informed choice. They'll vote just because they have to, instead of feeling that it's their civic duty.

    I think I could be in favor of it. By forcing people to vote, it could make more people become politically aware.
    Hey, does Brazil still have the alluminum coins for money ? I had family that was stuck in Brazil ( long story) and they brought some Cruzeros - with them after they escaped from Curitiba Brazil (sic) sp not sure too long ago!!
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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    What amazes me is that not only did this actually get a thread, it actually got a mention in the news.

    This is a town board. Taking a non-binding vote. To express an opinion.

    That said, while the bulk of the U.S. continues to use electronic voting systems that can be remotely (and easily) hacked, all a measure like this would do is serve to further legitimize our illegitimate election process.

    How many times have we heard, in countries where the election system was corrupt as all get out, that virtually everybody eligible to vote turned out to do so?
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Republicans would never go for this. Republicans only win elections by hoping for small turnouts. The more people registering and the more people voting is disaster for the GOP.
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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    That may be the case Down Under, but it would be quite different here. We are already highly divided as a nation, and having everyone required to vote would make it worse. My reasoning behind this is that most who don't vote here aren't very informed and they just lumber along like the good little sheep they are. Otoh, if the uninformed who just coast through life start voting, we won't have a snowball's chance in hell of ever getting back to some form of fiscal sanity.
    most Aussies are A-political, and just vote for whoever can lie the best

    but we have a multiple party system, even though two main parties dominate, smaller parties can swing elections one way or another, and thusly have their voices heard.

    and it's my opinion that compulsory voting only works in multi-party systems
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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    Hey, does Brazil still have the alluminum coins for money ?
    Aluminum coins? What's next, making money out of paper?

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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    What amazes me is that not only did this actually get a thread, it actually got a mention in the news.

    This is a town board. Taking a non-binding vote. To express an opinion.

    That said, while the bulk of the U.S. continues to use electronic voting systems that can be remotely (and easily) hacked, all a measure like this would do is serve to further legitimize our illegitimate election process.

    How many times have we heard, in countries where the election system was corrupt as all get out, that virtually everybody eligible to vote turned out to do so?
    We're (well, maybe just me) discussing the overall thought process and theorizing about it in general. If one small town here and there took this approach then it's likely that people in government would actually consider supporting it, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Republicans would never go for this. Republicans only win elections by hoping for small turnouts. The more people registering and the more people voting is disaster for the GOP.
    And they both work together to undermine and block out all other every other political group out there that might have the slightest chance of success - it's a gang effort. They'll disagree on everything but the need for them to be the only options on election day.

    But how this last election to 'get out the vote' went was appalling. The Democrats stroked the egos and personal plights of black people - purely appealing to their race or culture identity to elect the 'first black' president simply so the Democrats could be in control. I wouldn't claim that as a possitive reflection of our partisan system.
    It's like when the slaves were emancipated - they were suddenly seen as an untapped voter block and Democrats suddenly changed their tune to boost their numbers.

    Yeah, see - I'm not a Republican but at least they didn't try to win me over by appealing to my white-ness in the election, telling me to support the "next white president".
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    Re: Proposal to make voting mandatory....

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    I'd vote more if "non of the above" were an option.

    For example, if "non of the above" got the majority vote, then the election starts all over will all new candidates.
    Sounds good to me. Too often we are stuck voting between a crappy Democrat and a crappy Republican. If the solution is keep voting until someone decent gets elected, so be it.
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