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

    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!

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

    Certainly not, especially if there's no canidate to vote for. This is also America and you have the freedom of choice and that choice includes none of the above. Plus what are they going to do fine you or throw you in jail for not voting? What if you had to work a double shift that day or you were out of state? Forcing people to vote is not freedom either.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    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?

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

    Nah, I'd rather that uninformed and/or apathetic people NOT vote. It isn't fair for their vote to cancel out the vote of someone who really studied the issues and felt strongly about a candidate or ballot issue. I do, however, support making it easier for people to exercise their right to vote if they want to. Unfortunately, many states are moving in the opposite direction.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Justice For All View Post
    Certainly not, especially if there's no canidate to vote for. This is also America and you have the freedom of choice and that choice includes none of the above. Plus what are they going to do fine you or throw you in jail for not voting? What if you had to work a double shift that day or you were out of state? Forcing people to vote is not freedom either.
    You make a good point. It's not because I agree with him, its because he would be the "best" answer to the limited people available to be president. I am still making a decision to better my country with the limited resources that are available, not voting because I 100% agree with him/her. You shouldn't not vote because you dont agree with someone, you should vote because 1 of the 2 people available to be president would do a better job in your own personal opinion. Sometimes you vote based on damage control.
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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!
    They died so that we could have freedom, and yes that includes the freedom to choose whether or not to participate in elections. Not to mention if you have to legally force someone to vote, they're probably ill-informed and/or entirely disinterested in politics, we need more intelligent voters, not necessarily more voters in a numerical sense.

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

    If it was up to me I would make people take a test before they voted to insure they had at least a clue as to what was going on but it's not up to me so I yield to the constitution on this.

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

    I should add that I consider myself very informed and politically involved...and yet I don't always vote myself. When I do, it's certainly not because I expect to influence the outcome of the election. In terms of the cost/benefit to me personally, it's usually just not worth the effort to vote. It wastes at least 30 minutes of my time, and the chances that my single vote swings the election are roughly nil.

    And before I get the inevitable followup question, I'd like to point out that "What if everyone thought this way?" is a logical fallacy. It's based on the incorrect premise that if one person changes their behavior, that everyone else will too.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I should add that I consider myself very informed and politically involved...and yet I don't always vote myself. When I do, it's certainly not because I expect to influence the outcome of the election. In terms of the cost/benefit to me personally, it's usually just not worth the effort to vote. It wastes at least 30 minutes of my time, and the chances that my single vote swings the election are roughly nil.

    And before I get the inevitable followup question, I'd like to point out that "What if everyone thought this way?" is a logical fallacy. It's based on the incorrect premise that if one person changes their behavior, that everyone else will too.
    If you are informed it is your duty as an American to vote, sorry if its a bit inconvenient.

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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
    You make a good point. It's not because I agree with him, its because he would be the "best" answer to the limited people available to be president. I am still making a decision to better my country with the limited resources that are available, not voting because I 100% agree with him/her. You shouldn't not vote because you dont agree with someone, you should vote because 1 of the 2 people available to be president would do a better job in your own personal opinion. Sometimes you vote based on damage control.
    Yes but just because you voted for someone doesnt mean you bettered the country. Politicians promise alot during campaigns and often do very little of what they said. No I dont have to agree 100% with a canidate and his choices but they better have certain things in place and better have not crossed certain lines. If they've crossed lines where I feel I don't want to vote for them and then the other canidate just sucks, I don't feel I should be forced to vote.

    Infact if you vote a dishonest politician into office and they continue their same practices that screw up the country you are infact partly to blame for the mess because you voted that person in knowing his flaws. People who didnt vote atleast dont have to bear that responsibility.
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