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

    In addition to the fact that it would be an impossible law to enforce... It would increase the poll numbers, but many of those would be people that have no idea what is going on in the world. Stuffing the ballot box with apathetic and uninformed votes has no purpose.

    Someone mentioned it earlier and nobody replied and I was actually surprised by.... I personally would support a knowledge test prior to being able to vote.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefgator View Post
    In addition to the fact that it would be an impossible law to enforce... It would increase the poll numbers, but many of those would be people that have no idea what is going on in the world. Stuffing the ballot box with apathetic and uninformed votes has no purpose.

    Someone mentioned it earlier and nobody replied and I was actually surprised by.... I personally would support a knowledge test prior to being able to vote.
    I see no need for any kind of test or any other restriction to voting...except proof of citizenship.
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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!
    no.....you shouldnt be forced to vote. that being said, i'd support making making election day a national holiday, so there would be no excuses not to vote.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I'm sorry, but I have to point out the blatant hypocrisy of this post. You lament stereotyping on the basis of your lean and then throw out a laundry list of (factually incorrect/distorted/completely friggin' warped) "conservative" views. Either fight honestly or don't fight.
    What is wrong about the "laundry list" of FACTS I threw about about conservative beliefs? Are these not the same beliefs/bills that are trying to be implemented on a regular basis by the disfunctional GOP in washington? I fight honestly, who are you to make such a statement? Dallas, Texas? I smell conservative.

    Let me clarify to help my "fight"....

    "Using the bible as the document to run America" - The current use of god and his beliefs to influence America by Rick Santorum and the GOP primary currently taking place.

    "Deportation of all immigrants" - No explanation needed here, I think we all know the GOP hates hispanic immigrants. A fence to build along the mexican boarder? I think that sums it up.

    "Telling women what medications they can and cant"- Recent attempted legislation that gave employers the right to fund or not fund birth control as a necessary medication for women. Birth control is used for a variety of other medical uses besides preventing pregnancy.

    "A 'your on your own' mentality when it comes to healthcare for the elderly" - The GOP's desire to dismantle the federal government and privatize social security

    "Ending unemployment benefits and food stamps for people in need" - A "your on your own" approach to the poor and less fortunate by the GOP on a regular basis.

    "Cutting spending while not investing" - The GOP's belief on reducing the size of government while at the same time preventing essential investing to allow our economy to grow and improve

    "Treating America's economy like its family of 4's family budget" - The constant argument the GOP makes about the defecit. When a family cant afford something, they cut spending to live within their means. This is the saddest example possible when it comes to the deficit. America's economy is nothing like a family budget, although, I wouldn't expect much more of a logical comparison by the GOP. They appeal to non-educated workers who believe republicans look out for their best interest.
    Last edited by SypherAL; 03-05-12 at 11:20 AM.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    I see no need for any kind of test or any other restriction to voting...except proof of citizenship.
    I agree in principle, but after seeing so many racist votes in 2008, I became jaded.
    A simple test of : name two candidates. Name the speaker of the house. Name the Senate majority leader. Done.... Just prove you are not walking in and voting for or against the candidate based on skin color, hair style, sexual orientation. Or some other moronic, non issue.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    I stopped reading after "should someone be required by law".

    Damn near ANYTHING you put after those words, I would say no. It turns out that this is no exception.

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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

    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!
    I don't think you understand what freedom is.

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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 don't think you understand what freedom is.
    What dont I understand? Sitting on your lazy a** on election day is your definition of freedom right? A perfect example of how far America has deteriorated. I am proud to vote on election day. People tend to forget how lucky they are to be born in a country that allows free elections, maybe you lack the proper definition of freedom, or just don't care you have it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I stopped reading after "should someone be required by law".

    Damn near ANYTHING you put after those words, I would say no. It turns out that this is no exception.
    Should you be required by law to serve jail time after murdering someone? Would you be against this?

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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
    What is wrong about the "laundry list" of FACTS I threw about about conservative beliefs? Are these not the same beliefs/bills that are trying to be implemented on a regular basis by the disfunctional GOP in washington? I fight honestly, who are you to make such a statement? Dallas, Texas? I smell conservative.

    Let me clarify to help my "fight"....

    "Using the bible as the document to run America" - The current use of god and his beliefs to influence America by Rick Santorum and the GOP primary currently taking place.

    "Deportation of all immigrants" - No explanation needed here, I think we all know the GOP hates hispanic immigrants. A fence to build along the mexican boarder? I think that sums it up.

    "Telling women what medications they can and cant"- Recent attempted legislation that gave employers the right to fund or not fund birth control as a necessary medication for women. Birth control is used for a variety of other medical uses besides preventing pregnancy.

    "A 'your on your own' mentality when it comes to healthcare for the elderly" - The GOP's desire to dismantle the federal government and privatize social security

    "Ending unemployment benefits and food stamps for people in need" - A "your on your own" approach to the poor and less fortunate by the GOP on a regular basis.

    "Cutting spending while not investing" - The GOP's belief on reducing the size of government while at the same time preventing essential investing to allow our economy to grow and improve

    "Treating America's economy like its family of 4's family budget" - The constant argument the GOP makes about the defecit. When a family cant afford something, they cut spending to live within their means. This is the saddest example possible when it comes to the deficit. America's economy is nothing like a family budget, although, I wouldn't expect much more of a logical comparison by the GOP. They appeal to non-educated workers who believe republicans look out for their best interest.
    I'm sorry, but perhaps I wasn't clear. Fighting honestly would involve leaving your political bias at the door and having a reasonable, mature discussion about facts. Since your post meets none of those qualifications I guess we've reached an impasse.
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