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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Should voting be mandatory?
    absolutely not! I will not be voting and want to distance myself from political filth as far as possible. mandatory voting would just be another way for the gov to make criminals of people.

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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    If the President were to push for this, I hope he advocates for "Present" to be an option.
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    What are these obvious reasons?
    Vote buying may not be quite so direct.

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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    I can't support mandatory military service for any purpose or at any time-- peace or war. But I think mandatory military training could be a very good thing, so that every citizen is ready to bear arms in case they are needed in their capacity as the militia.

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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    No, but politicians should and they should also have to have a childbrother, sister or parent in the armed forces in a front line position in order to be a politician
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Should voting be mandatory?
    Dont you think that most people that care, do vote?

    Do you think that people that dont care put much effort into learning about candidates and their positions on issues, records, etc?

    (Not that everyone does now but certainly, it devalues their contribution)

    Sorry, obviously I havent read thru the thread yet.
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    No, thanks for proving you can't read. I responded to a statement that Republicans benefit from as few people voting as possible so they could win elections. That means that the people who are disinterested in voting, who are politically ignorant and are too lazy to go to the polling place are more likely to vote Democrat. Logic. Figure it out.
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by dogtowner View Post
    Vote buying may not be quite so direct.
    It's not really vote buying though, if you are giving someone a small $15 tax credit for the 2 hours of time it could take them to get to the polls and it doesn't matter if they vote for Republican or Democrat or 3rd party, all you are really doing is paying them for there time. Besides that the person would have to actually fill out a form or show that they voted when filing taxes. We give tax credits for things that are necessities such as cars (depending on if it is a electric car or not) and 1st time home buyer credits, things that you don't have to even buy. There is nothing stopping people from doing write in candidates, and I think in general it gets people involved.
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    Re: Should voting be mandatory?

    No, but.

    IMO there should not be an "election day", but rather "election days" or an "election week".
    During the period, however long, every single person must be given a day off work - ideally I would say it should be a day of paid leave.
    This is so:
    1. Everyone can go vote without losing money (especially important for those on the lower end of the pay scale).
    2. Businesses can stagger the days off, allowing for staffing needs.


    This may seem extreme, but I think a "voting holiday" every November might get people more engaged in the process.
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