View Poll Results: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

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  • Yes, it's a bad thing. Everybody should vote.

    20 40.82%
  • It's not bad, but we should still encourage everybody to vote.

    9 18.37%
  • No, it's not a bad thing. Leave people alone.

    13 26.53%
  • Other.

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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Actually it would be better if only informed people voted, and I don't mean that in a mandatory way.
    I think it should be mandatory for any US citizen between 18 and 65.

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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    It is a bad thing and needs to be rectified.

    People just bitch and bitch, but then don't vote. A better push for participation and education on the issues/candidates would be a good direction to take.

    Still, I get a bit pissy when I hear anyone propose compulsory voting in this country, just sickening to me. People have as much right to not vote as they do to vote. Pretty sure that would be unconstitutional, so nothing to worry about there.
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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Actually it would be better if only informed people voted, and I don't mean that in a mandatory way.
    It would be better if money was out of politics, then people were informed. Otherwise you get people who think they've been informed, but are actually hoodwinked into voting against their own interests.

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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    I think it should be mandatory for any US citizen between 18 and 65.
    That's not what I meant. I was talking about only informed voters.
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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    In theory low voter turnout should lead us to a technocracy, in practice it's shifting us towards hardliners.
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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    Voted "Other".

    I think universal suffrage is ridiculous.

    I believe that there should be age (older than 18 for most people), education, property ownership (home and or business), and military service requirements to voting.

    Not necessarily all of them for everyone, but some mix of the above.

    I'm fine with an 18-year-old in the military voting, and I'm okay with a 40-year-old voting even though he may never have been in the military so long as he has a college education and owns his own home, or maybe no college education but owns a home and business, or, you get the idea.

    But allowing every idiot with a GED and a FOX News addiction to vote is crazy, as is allowing folks who have been receiving welfare generationally since we became the "Great Society" that we are.
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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    Voted "Other".

    I think universal suffrage is ridiculous.

    I believe that there should be age (older than 18 for most people), education, property ownership (home and or business), and military service requirements to voting.

    Not necessarily all of them for everyone, but some mix of the above.

    I'm fine with an 18-year-old in the military voting, and I'm okay with a 40-year-old voting even though he may never have been in the military so long as he has a college education and owns his own home, or maybe no college education but owns a home and business, or, you get the idea.

    But allowing every idiot with a GED and a FOX News addiction to vote is crazy, as is allowing folks who have been receiving welfare generationally since we became the "Great Society" that we are.
    How about the person who has a very successful career, pays a boat load of taxes, but doesn't own a home because it's not practical with all their traveling?
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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    To hear so many people tell it, you'd think it is. Some have even used words like "disgrace" to describe American low percentages of participation.

    Maybe I'm in the minority, but I simply don't see it that way.

    Some countries mandate voting. There seems to be an increasing sentiment in this country to do the same, to mandate voting. One of the claims is that people would be more inclined to research if they knew that had to. I don't buy that. I would be vehemently against that, for two reasons...

    1) I don't want the results skewed by people who don't care enough to research, or at least pay attention.

    2) The freedom to not do something is just as important, if not more so, than the freedom to have the ability to do something.

    IMHO, #2 stands quite well on it's own. And I detest "get out the vote" campaigns due to #1.

    What say you?
    I think that low turnout is bad because it impedes upon the legitimacy of those elected. If turnout is 50% and someone gets 51% of that, it's only a little more than 1/4.


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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    To hear so many people tell it, you'd think it is. Some have even used words like "disgrace" to describe American low percentages of participation.

    Maybe I'm in the minority, but I simply don't see it that way.

    Some countries mandate voting. There seems to be an increasing sentiment in this country to do the same, to mandate voting. One of the claims is that people would be more inclined to research if they knew that had to. I don't buy that. I would be vehemently against that, for two reasons...

    1) I don't want the results skewed by people who don't care enough to research, or at least pay attention.

    2) The freedom to not do something is just as important, if not more so, than the freedom to have the ability to do something.

    IMHO, #2 stands quite well on it's own. And I detest "get out the vote" campaigns due to #1.

    What say you?
    I chose "other." When "none of the above" is the last line on all voting machines, that will represent real progress.

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    Re: Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    How about the person who has a very successful career, pays a boat load of taxes, but doesn't own a home because it's not practical with all their traveling?
    That depends, is this person a Democrat or a Republican?

    We all know that's what really matters.


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