View Poll Results: Should It Be Required That ALL Legal U.S. Citizens Vote In Presidential Elections?

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Thread: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    Then we get the government we deserve.
    That's a bit non-sequitur.

    Would you elaborate on how you came to that conclusion from my earlier post?

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    How is allowing a none of the above choice, restricting someone's right to not choose a candidate if they so wish?
    How is pulling a lever any more fulfilling one's duty than staying home? Even then, it restricts your right to stay home an make absolutely no say in government. Even a vote for no one says something to the government in a certain way. Freedom to speak implies freedom to be silent.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    A year or five ago, I bought up this very same debate, the majority voted that voting be "optional".
    I felt back then that it should be mandatory, and that voting be made much easier...
    We simply need a better people.
    And, seriously, "none of the above must be an option".....if we are going to have full participation in the process...
    Last edited by earthworm; 03-06-12 at 10:00 PM.

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    What I really want to know is what the government is going to do about it should people not vote.
    Voting within Australia – Frequently Asked Questions - Australian Electoral Commission
    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: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    That's a bit non-sequitur.

    Would you elaborate on how you came to that conclusion from my earlier post?
    You asked what would happen if people do not vote. The answer, IMO is that we get the government we deserve. Unless we are willing to put forth the effort of holding our representatives accountable, we deserve the government we get.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    How is pulling a lever any more fulfilling one's duty than staying home? Even then, it restricts your right to stay home an make absolutely no say in government. Even a vote for no one says something to the government in a certain way. Freedom to speak implies freedom to be silent.
    See my response to Wake above.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    You asked what would happen if people do not vote. The answer, IMO is that we get the government we deserve. Unless we are willing to put forth the effort of holding our representatives accountable, we deserve the government we get.
    OK, how does making people vote help, and how does this address my point about people choosing?
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    OK, how does making people vote help, and how does this address my point about people choosing?
    A democratic system can only work through voters holding their representatives accountable. The founders provided this mechanism of peaceful revolution to keep our government representative. If we are not willing to do our part, we will not have a representative government, we will have the government we deserve, IMO.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    A democratic system can only work through voters holding their representatives accountable. The founders provided this mechanism of peaceful revolution to keep our government representative. If we are not willing to do our part, we will not have a representative government, we will have the government we deserve, IMO.
    I have voted in many elections and I've rarely ever felt the elected government represented my views and beliefs.

    Considering that the majority of people polled have been very dissatisfied with the government for the last decade at least I'd say most probably feel the same way.

    More people voting won't necessarily make for better government, and it surely might make things worse.

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Voting should always be optional.
    My vote, no matter who I vote for, is entirely meaningless.

    To me, it's a giant waste of time.
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