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

    Wheather voting is mandatory or not you are still voting for the lesser of the two evils.

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

    Why isn't not voting simply viewed as voting "none of the above"?

    Same outcome. Same concept.

    Less pollution, and less congestion at voting places.

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

    Many countries have compulsory voting. I have a co-worker that did time for insubordination after North Vietnam took over the whole country. He told me that on election day the police go door-to-door to make sure that everyone votes. Vietnam has a 96% voter turnout, all just to vote for the Party's candidate. There is actually another name on the ballot, but you don't dare vote for the challenger.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthomp View Post
    The constitution gives people the right to vote. Not requiring people to vote. I strongly encourage people to vote, but what about the people who don't care about politics? Would you want someone just blindly voting for whatever name they see first?
    ...and Hatuey said:
    "Voting is a right. Driving is a privilege."

    No, not at all. Our founding fathers tried to protect our country from ignorant voters and vote-buying corruption by saying citizens had to have "skin in the game" to be allowed to vote. Only successful people were allowed to vote. (That would be today's definition of the EVIL RICH.)

    "At the time of the first Presidential election in 1789, only 6 percent of the population–white, male property owners–was eligible to vote."

    Charters of Freedom - The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights

    Benjamin Franklin:

    "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

    And actually, we don't have the right to vote in a presidential election. The Supreme Court pointed that out just over 11 years ago:

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    earthworm said:
    "I felt back then that it should be mandatory,"

    Do you think that the words "liberty" and "freedom" go with the word "mandatory?"
    Just the facts...


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

    Quote Originally Posted by SypherAL View Post
    An interesting debate. Should voting in presidential elections be required by law? Of course this excludes felons and non-u.s. citizens. Legal voting age stays the same in this scenario.

    My opinion: If you live in the United States, you will be required to vote in the United States. It would be a huge dis-respect to the millions of Americans that died for this country to sit at home on election day. This is a freedom many have died for so get out and participate!
    Some centuries ago, tens of thousands died in order NOT to have a government force ecdicts on the people..
    IMO, they were as correct then as today...
    Our voting process is so corrupt today that no man should should vote !

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

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    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...
    That's very interesting. And if "None of the Above" gets the most votes, all candidates on the ballot are disqualified, and the election process begins again. The current President remains in office as Interim President until new candidates are identified, vetted, and a new election is held- but he is a lame duck president as he has also been disqualified from running again.

    This is a very interesting concept... and if there were ever a time when "None of the above" gets elected president, this would be it I think.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    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.

    I disagree. Democracy is not a spectator sport. What you see the result of, is people not voting out the people that do not represent them in Congress. If more people voted and did not keep re-electing their representative over and over again, our system would be more democratically representative.

    But since half the country seems to pre-occupied with the latest edition of American Idol, or whatever, and do want to take the time to go vote and hold their representatives accountable, we have the government we deserve.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    Wheather voting is mandatory or not you are still voting for the lesser of the two evils.
    That is always the case except in fairy tales where utopia possible. Let's have 10 candidates from 10 different parties if you wish. If you have 10 candidates, people will still pick the one they feel will do the most good.

    The very definition of choice itself means picking who or what is your best option.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    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.
    If you choose to leave the selection of our leaders up to myself and the other voters, so be it! Don't bother yourself.
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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
    I disagree. Democracy is not a spectator sport. What you see the result of, is people not voting out the people that do not represent them in Congress. If more people voted and did not keep re-electing their representative over and over again, our system would be more democratically representative.

    But since half the country seems to pre-occupied with the latest edition of American Idol, or whatever, and do want to take the time to go vote and hold their representatives accountable, we have the government we deserve.
    You're wrong. While the vast majority feel that most people in Washington should be voted out, the vast majority also feel it's not "their guy" that's the problem, but all the OTHER people. Which is why we have career politicians.

    Our entire political system has become so corrupted and distorted that many people just feel it's all a waste of time.

    When the "best choice" becomes either an Obama or a Romney I can totally understand why many would rather just drink beer and contemplate their next bowel movement.

    Neither of those two choices represents me.

    I can fully understand why, if those are the two choices come November, that many people will just walk right past the polling places and enter the nearest bar.

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