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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Call it MOTIVATION TO VOTE or MOTIVOTE.
    I call it trying to lure out those who don't really give a rats ass about politics to go vote for something they know little to nothing about. Many people voting already voting don't research the candidates.What makes you think bribing people to the polls is going to motivate them to research the candidates.If anything it make them want to vote for the guy who offers to make the voter lottery have more winners or bigger payouts.
    Bribery is such an unattractive word. And in this case it would not even be accurate.
    Bribe | Define Bribe at Dictionary.com
    anything given or serving to persuade or induce:

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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    voting should be seen as a moral obligation, not a legal one.
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    No. I would argue that implicit in every right is its opposite: the right to be silent, the right to die, the right to give freely, the right to be unarmed. Not voting is a form of passive political protest, of refusing to support a system that does not represent you-- forcing someone to vote for the pre-selected candidates of the corporate machine is the same as taking away their right to vote.

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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Should voting be mandatory?
    Its an aberration of democratic principle, but aberrations of principle are par for course these days. Why not?
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I call it trying to lure out those who don't really give a rats ass about politics to go vote for something they know little to nothing about. Many people voting already voting don't research the candidates.What makes you think bribing people to the polls is going to motivate them to research the candidates.If anything it make them want to vote for the guy who offers to make the voter lottery have more winners or bigger payouts.

    Bribe | Define Bribe at Dictionary.com
    anything given or serving to persuade or induce:

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    . any persuasion or lure
    Perhaps you would be happy with a test of ones knowledge so your can determine if they are fit for voting or not?
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Perhaps you would be happy with a test of ones knowledge so your can determine if they are fit for voting or not?
    I do not trust the elected officials or the people they would appoint to come out with a unbiased political knowledge test. Politicians on both sides would dumb the test down for desirable voters and make it extremely hard to undesirable voters.Or they would frame the question in a way that demonizes certain candidates or require that the answers be politically correct and etc. Sure they could come out with a multiple choice test asking which individual is your city councilor, mayor,state level and federal level senators and congressmen, lieutenant governor, governor, and president.But any schmuck with access to the internet can look that up before arriving at the polls and easily remember it and it wouldn't necessarily indicate the person is politically knowledgeable.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I do not trust the elected officials or the people they would appoint to come out with a unbiased political knowledge test. Politicians on both sides would dumb the test down for desirable voters and make it extremely hard to undesirable voters.Or they would frame the question in a way that demonizes certain candidates or require that the answers be politically correct and etc. Sure they could come out with a multiple choice test asking which individual is your city councilor, mayor,state level and federal level senators and congressmen, lieutenant governor, governor, and president.But any schmuck with access to the internet can look that up before arriving at the polls and easily remember it and it wouldn't necessarily indicate the person is politically knowledgeable.
    Thank you for your honest answer. You have pointed outcome of the problems with such a requirement and I join you in being against such things.
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Not only NO, but HELL NO!

    Not only should it not be mandatory, it should only be done by those who have earned the "right".
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    While on its face value the notion of mandatory voting may be appealing to some....especially in response to the comprehensive Republican voter suppression tactics presently employed in Red States nation -wide. And there is no doubt that when participation is high the Republicans lose...big time!

    However this may well have unintended consequences since the nation's labor force now toils largely without any union protections -and unsurprisingly finds its wages flattened over decades; these same corporatists are now more free than ever to send out the proverbial meme containing their mock ballot and "advising" workers to follow their "recommendations"- OR ELSE! ......in short it could well lead to a neoliberal Stalinist style election process actually benefiting the very predatory capitalist blood suckers it was designed to contain........indeed, the very antithesis of why mandatory voting was initially proposed.

    Unfortunately, it appears that there is no replacement for the heavy lifting of educating the (deliberately) class confused populace so that they understand the importance of voting - and not voting against their own interests....alas, engagement in public affairs is much akin to an orgasm: it can't be successfully faked.
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Should voting be mandatory?

    No one should be force to vote.

    People are allowed to decide for themselves to choose a candidate, while they also can refuse all candidates by not voting. Should remain as it is.

    If it should ever become mandatory, it should come with personal form ID needed to vote.

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