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  1. Before watching the video, as long as a mandatory voting system were set up similar to Australia's system where failure to vote results in a fine (and not jail time) and you can turn in a blank ballot if you don't approve of any of the candidates, then I like it.
    I'm sorry if you cover this in the video but, I feel somewhat strongly about this issue and I wanted to make sure that anyone who doesn't watch the video at all still has a chance to see that mandatory voting doesn't mean a forced choice.

  2. So basically if you want to be president you don't have to win over the majority of Americans, you just need to win over about 25% of people who are of eligible voting age. Democracy.

  3. great episode!! tbh I think we should centralize the voting process and asses the intersecting issues of class/race that keep disenfranchised people from voting, as well as other ideas mentioned in the video (same day voter registration, voting on weekends etc.)
    (ps 22 y/o and voted in the midterm election earlier this week! Exercise your civic duty!)

  4. I personally think that mandatory voting shouldn't be introduced. As well as the right to vote, i also think that people should have the right to not vote. This is for people who do not even want to vote because they are against all the parties. I personally think mandatory voting would cause a whole lot of people voting not because they want that person elected, but because they have to. This would cause a whole load of situations where people who aren't interested in politics would just vote for the people who they've been told to vote for by, lets say for example, their parents. This would mean that the older generations would have more power at elections because they have people voting for them. This does already exist to a certain extent, but would be even more wide spread if people have to vote.

    There are a few things that i think that would increase voter turnout that we should introduce rather than mandatory voting. I live in the UK so some of these may no apply to the US, but make sense either way.

    Firstly, election days should be bank holidays. This would allow people who would normally be in work to vote. In my country, you are legally allowed to ask for time off, however people i know have said that their workload is so high that they wouldn't want to have to catch up with it. Not only this, but many people, and their bosses, don't even know this which isn't helpful, but would be more clear if it was a bank holiday.

    Another thing is to create more polling stations. I know some people who are so far away from polling stations that they don't bother. This sucks because some people just won't bother. Infact, my countries government has been found closing polling stations in areas that are more likely to vote in another party, increasing their chances which is really shady and rigging it in a legal way.

    Another thing would be to introduce unbiased mandatory political education in schools. This would help people to understand that their vote isn't wasted and would help introduce a more politically active population.

    Another thing is to stop any type of voter identity. Not many countries actually have this, but my countries government is starting to roll it in with the excuse that it is to stop voter identity fraud, eventhough in the last election there were less than 100 cases of voter identity fraud. In fact in my country, the people who are least likely to have identification of any sort (i.e valid passport, drivers license etc) are minorities and poorer people, who are more likely to vote for the opposition party. I think it's fairly obvious that the underlying motive of this move is to make it harder for people who are less likely to vote for the governments party to vote.

    There are always some variables that we can't control and will affect voter turnout. For example, during the day of the brexit referendum in my country, i remember there was bad rain where i lived. I basically had to beg my wife to come and vote (she voted remain) because she was considering not going because she didn't want to get wet. This is crazy, but the level of apathy some people have when it comes to voting is crazy. Infact, this helped brexit get through (at least in my area) because most remainers believed brexit wouldn't happen anyway, and most brexiteers were more passionate about brexit and were more likely to vote than remainers. Exactly how much of difference this made, i'm not sure, but it probably did make a fair difference seeming as us brits are obsessed with the weather.

  5. I'm probably biased since I'm from Belgium, but the fact that you have to jump through so many hoops to vote in America seems ridiculous. Mandatory or not.

    Also, I have some major questions as to the person in the video saying that some people are "biologically" less inclined to vote…that seems like a major eugenics argument.

  6. I'm Australian (a country with mandatory voting), and I'm really glad Australia has mandatory voting. Even if you don't want to vote, Australia has a higher percentage of 'spoiled ballots' than other countries without mandatory voting – it's our form of a protest against the candidates. A spoiled ballot is basically when you go to the polls, but put a giant X over your ballot, or do something else other than numbering down the appropriate boxes. I've never done it, but I know of a few friends that have in the past.

  7. In Egypt there was a fine for not voting in the 2018 elections so a lot of Egyptians crossed both candidates, spoiled their ballots and voted for Mo Salah.

  8. A very good video. Mandatory voting would not only be a violation of freedom of speech but it would also open the door to mandating who or what to vote for. Think this is just a far flung possibility that could never happen? Ask someone who survived living under a communist government about it and see what they have to say about it.

  9. Even if voting is mandatory, you can still abstain from voting. You just show up to the polling place and turn in a blank ballot.

  10. Why not adopt an approval-voting system, where by individuals can vote to approve any number of candidates running in an election (eg. if 3 candidates -A,B,C are running, and you approve 2 of those individuals (as in you'd be ok with either A or B) then you can check approve for both A and B. the candidate that is most approved of gets the position). This system should lead to candidates that have a broad base of support within the electorate. And it should hopefully result in a more cohesive and cooperative government body.

  11. Make Universal Basic Income a thing, and then reward people with an extra $100 when they vote. That'll get the numbers up.

  12. In Ontario; 40% turned out to vote, of that 40% voted conservative.
    This means less than 20% of the province voted for Doug Ford.

  13. I agree with everything Debra Cleaver said except for putting election day on a weekend. Keep it on Tuesday, but make it a national holiday. A weekend is a good start, but having work on Monday, no work Tuesday, then work again on Wednesday will disincentivise people to take Election Day as a vacation yet enable them to vote.

  14. i think that in stead of requiring citizens to vote, elections with turnout below 60% should be invalid. If parties cant inspire voter turnout, they may need to run more inspiring candidates. The whole process needs to be reformed to fix this problem. A system where we could rank candidate preferences in numerical order, rather than choosing only one would reduce the spoiler effect , people would have a real choice to vote for their preferred candidate, in stead of voting against the candidate they disagree with most. could we not also do without the electoral college, i guess that's a cliche complaint, but what is the point of it? i think i know the answer, its just unconvincing… *sigh

  15. I was looking forward to this one!

    I think mandatory voting should be the end goal in a sequence of voting reforms, cause otherwise we're punishing the most vulnerable. Here's a (probably incomplete) list:

    – Automatic registration (Seriously? People need to register themselves? That's insane!)
    – Have voting day be a holiday- that should be a no-brainer. Either that or don't make it a Tuesday – that's pretty much asking for people to not vote.
    – Clear up any confusion that anyone might have about their voting. Implement a nationwide online system that anyone can use.
    – Have more accessible polling places. Nobody should live more than a 20-minute car ride away from a polling place.
    – Have a choice for "none" in polls so that people can protest vote, while still not neglecting other things they can influence
    – Then implement mandatory voting.

    This cannot be a bottom-up change, unfortunately. It needs to be top-down. It needs to come from the federal and state levels. That's a structural thing in the US that needs to change.

    Here in Argentina, we have mandatory voting, both for local and for national elections. We also have mandatory primaries. We also have multiple-representative congressional districts, a national voting system, and universal national ID cards. So. Yeah. There's still some stuff we need to work out but like. Jeez, get it together, US.

  16. Those that don't vote still have to suffer the consequences of those that do because taxes will still be forcibly taken from them. So there is always a fine for not voting.

  17. I wouldn't call 'forcing you to vote' as non-democratic any more than 'forcing you to stop at red-lights'.
    The problem with mandatory voting would only arise when the democracy fails and you're forced to vote for the dictator. IMO, opting out of voting is giving your consent for autocracy.

  18. Show Idea: Should the USA be a Parliament? More times then not, they tend to be far more efficient and things get done much much faster then the Presidential format.

  19. I think it would be interesting to compare voting to jury duty. Both are considered civic duties, both are needed for our judicial/political system to work, both have had issues with accurately representing a demographic, both have excluded women on the false basis that they don't want to vote/serve on a jury. And yet, one is mandatory, the other optional.

  20. In terms of increasing access, I'd like to point out the struggles that blind people face when voting:
    http://bethfinke.com/blog/2015/04/08/how-do-blind-people-vote-if-they-cant-see-the-ballot/

  21. I think… that it's a great question, and I don't know the answer. but I do know this: if any law were to be passed mandating voting, it would almost instantly be brought to suit by the ACLU on behalf of probably a large number of people as an infringement on the 1st amendment right to free speech — unless it was very particularly crafted to allow nonvoting on basis of conscience. I tend to agree with Sec. Simon: I think everyone should vote, and that not voting to "take a stand" is… not great. But! It's still a form of expression. Definitely there's tons more that could be done to encourage voting without making it a crime not to.

    So, what kind of protections might be crafted to make a "compulsory voting" law constitutional? Maybe requiring an option that's labeled "none of the above" or "abstain." Or, making it clear that one can write in the "other" space something along those lines. At that point, I suppose the law would be written with the intent to increase voting by making the barriers to voting FOR someone only slightly more than the barriers to returning a ballot.

  22. Voting, whether as a choice between candidates or on a ballot issue resulting from a petition or referendum, is frequently a choice between distasteful alternatives, and doesn't necessarily contribute to the development of consensus. Perhaps we need to engage polling as practiced by sociologists with the aim of developing policies with broad support.

  23. Automatic voter registration in the whole of the United States!
    #AVRInUSA #AVR
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2694
    Also pass the Fair Representation Act!
    #FairRepAct

    (7:02) we can also just make Election day a federal holiday, y'know?
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1969

  24. I think we should because otherwise parties focus on not only getting support but also encouraging people to vote at all. This is bad because they end up using fear tactics of voting against the other side instead of for your own. This happened in Chile (where I was born) when they made voting no longer mandatory.

  25. Absolutely not. I live in Brazil, where voting is mandatory, it's a pain in the ass and it doesn't work, it doesn't make the candidates that we elect better. People still elect thieves and corrupt, just give a look at the brazilian politic.

    Mandatory voting probably make the whole thing worst, actually, since people who don't care about politic are forced to vote.

    Let alone the blatant violation of freedom that forcing someone to vote represents.

  26. No, more participation from uninformed voters is not better. I would be totally behind a push to get people to care about the process, learn about their choices, and then cast an informed vote. But that's never the primary goal, it's always "just go vote" regardless of how much you may care or understand. The only winners from that are incumbants and shady politicians entrenched in the current party structures. And if there is no "none of the above" choice on every election then a forced vote is antithetical to democracy.

  27. "Should we enforce the responsibility of voting upon those who are allowed to reap the rights of democracy (the result of VOTING)?" Yes. End of video.

  28. What a original idea for a channel. And to think, if it hadn't been for that PBS survey I might never have heard of it 😅

  29. Here's another problem with mandatory voting. Say you have a candidate who wins with 2/3 of the vote and a high voter turnout. Future candidates will look at this and say that this candidate must have done something right, and try to copy his policies. If the same candidate were to win with the same proportion, but a very low voter turnout, then future candidates will assume that the people who did vote were "settling," and start looking into ways to reach the untapped voters, which would mean exploring new policies. Once you make voting mandatory, you lose that distinction.

    Another problem is that with mandatory voting, politicians can deflect blame for bad policies onto the voters. Low voter turnout can be an expression of a disconnect from the politicians. We can say that "we never supported" so-and-so. This is important when two similarly bad candidates are running against each other.

    However, IF we were to have mandatory voting, then all ballots should be required to include an "abstain" or a "none of the above" option.

  30. If we had more candidates to vote for I believe more people would go out to vote. A 2 party system is broken but we haven't found a way to fix it yet. There are so many other beliefs and ideals and yet they are hardly ever represented because there are only ever 2 choices to chose from. If people related and liked the candidates more they would be more likely to vote. No point in voting for someone you agree with half of the time.

  31. In Mexico it is NOT mandatory to vote. We are encouraged to do so however there's no law. We do have a special ID to vote that's all

  32. US let foreigner vote (foreigner with work permit, work visa, immigrant visa)? Most country force foreigner pay tax like citizen plus extra tax for visa and work permit but not give equal privilege like vote or passport, freedom change job. New Zealand have mandatory vote for foreigner too!

  33. US vote for Congress/Parliament with President/Prime Minister same time. Many country vote Congress/Parliament one time and vote President/Prime Minister different time (like Malaysia). Some country also have Prime Minister and President too (Israel, Russia)!

  34. Our public schools get converted to polling places on the weekends, in Australia. No excuses not to vote.

  35. Everywhere should have mandatory voting that results in a fine for not showing up but allows a spoiled ballot as a protest option.
    Also electronic democracy is good, ideally electronic direct democracy but most of the world isn't ready for that.

  36. I live in Switzerland, and we have a terrible voter turnout, even though voting is very easy. You don't have to register for voting, as soon as you turn 18 you always get the papers required for it and we can either vote by letter or on a Sunday.

  37. It's an interesting idea. I've visited with some Aussies about the mandatory voting and they like it. It is a right here, so that does leave it open to individual choice. However, it's pretty sad we have so many choosing not to participate.

  38. Sure, make it mandatory, with the following provisions:
    1. Give every voting item a "No Choice" option. This allows the people that are "protesting" to protest, and also allows the uninformed to opt out instead of picking at random.
    2. Make voting day a holiday. Not just a weekend. A lot of people still work on weekends, but if it's a hardcore holiday like Christmas is in a lot of places (in many retail stores, it's the only day out of the year that the entire store is closed), then people will actually be able to go out and vote.

    Of course, there are other issues with voting and this won't solve all of them. But it feels pretty comprehensive in terms of getting more people to actually vote.

  39. Voters are being purged in massive numbers in states with hotly contested elections. In others, new voter restrictions are coming in.

    A recent Brennan Center report founds that Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina have been purging voters at an “alarming rate”

    Georgia’s Secretary of State put 53,000 brand new voter registration forms “on hold” based on a controversial exact-matching program that removes voters from the roll based on minor discrepancies on voter registration forms, such as apostrophes being in the wrong places. 70% of these “on hold” voters are African American

    Indiana lawmakers purged 469,000 voters in 2017 on the grounds that these voters had “moved” despite these voters never having filed a change of address form with the USPS

    In Missouri state lawmakers are deliberately misleading voters into believing they must present a photo ID to vote when state law allows Missouri residents to present non-photo ID to vote

    North Dakota’s new and highly questionable voter ID law, effectively disenfranchises 10s of thousands of Native Americans who live on reservations where PO Boxes — and not residential addresses, are the norm.

    Vote.org

  40. I'm an Aussie. Yes we do have compulsory voting. No it does not restrict my freedom. It should be clarified, it is mandatory to turn up on voting day, have your name crossed off the electoral name. But the ballot is anonymous. If someone chooses not to cast a valid vote ( out of protest, disillusionment etc) they still can. Colloquially referred to as a "donkey vote".
    Note , The Australian Electoral commission also has postal votes and mobile voting.
    We also have paper voting. They can't be hacked like online voting.
    In summary, compulsory voting for this Aussie citizen in no big deal. It's easy, accessible and fair.

    https://aec.gov.au/About_AEC/AEC_Services/

  41. How does one vote for the abolition of the state?
    The fundamental problem with mandi tory voting is that it assumes that individuals possess a general acceptance of the legitimacy of the state and offer support for the idea of the state or of the democratic system which one can be morally opposed to.

  42. Enforce compulsory voting but set the fine at $1 or 5cents, this isn't important. Also allow turning in an empty ballot with just a name like many countries already allow.
    The most important thing is to prevent voter suppression and other inefficiencies.

  43. I love that you use the actual eagle sound and not the red-tailed hawk cry that we're all so used to hearing in other media depictions of eagles.

  44. Compulsory Vote has worked in Australia for over 100 years. But there is more to this that just compulsory voting.

    In Australia all citizens have the right to vote regardless of there status in society. This includes prisoners and people in hospital too! All Australian elections are held on Saturdays.

    To make voting easier for 2 weeks before the election there are early voting centres in every electoral district. Thus if you can't vote on election day you can vote before.

    If you can't physically get out to vote you can get a postal vote which has to be posted by the day before the election. It doesn't matter if it arrives a week later its still counted.

    All voting in Australia is carried out on manual paper forms no electronic voting is allowed due to risk of equipment faults and lack of internet connections in many areas.

    In Australia the election system is run by an independent public service body that is free from political interference. You cannot be a candidate in the election and be working for the Australian Electoral Commission in the same election!

    To also add to the differences in the Australian system we operate a preferential voting system where you rank the candidates by order of your preferred candidate. Number 1 being the person you want and 10 being the one you dont want to be elected.

  45. Hello. An Australian here
    There is a thing you have missed about compulsory voting: The Political Centre.
    In a place with compulsory voting, the running Candidate has to use its influence and policies just to get as many people to vote for their side.
    Judging by America's voting turnout, not many people care about politics. Not that they don't know what is going on. Just they see their results, and do not care who wins over the other. This means, that, not only does the candidate need to seem more popular than the opposing candidate, they need to seem more popular than not voting at all.
    In America, we see many candidates getting past this by pandering to extremes: the rich, the gun lovers, the abortionists, the offended (why the Left and Right wings of Politics are so Left and Right), as opposed to the good of the whole party.
    By making voting compulsory, the disinterested people are forced to vote, thus resulting on people pandering to extremes losing any power they have.
    TL;DR Optional voting leads to left-wing vs right-wing politics, often going to extremes to win over their side. Mandatory voting leads to the Centre deciding the fate of the country.
    Anyway, Nice analysis!

  46. Let the government deny the public their right to vote and soon enough everyone plus the cat will be in line to cast a ballot. All one needs to do is tell an American that they can't do something, and that's exactly what they'll go and do.

  47. Voting is a right however I think we forget it is also a responsibility. It is great to make it easy to vote, but if you can't deal with a little bother to exercise your rights are you going to exercise any effort to make an educated vote? It is also disappointing to enter the voting booth to try to determine which candidate is the lesser of the evils.

  48. So let me see …. Steve Simon (aka Niles Crane) says; "If there was one easy answer, we would have figured this problem out by now ……"
    Well Steve, there is a sn easy answer, it's called compulsory voting.
    Here's why:
    1. The entire adult population decides the direction of the country not just a whipped up frantic minority with agenda's
    2. Everyone voting makes it a true democracy, which has to overirde the argument of choice to vote. You can still "not vote", just cast a blank ballot ….. There! That was easy and painless. The 30 minutes taken out of your day didn't kill you.
    3. Weekend voting works best. Sure, some people are inconvenienced because they work, but that's a small number and employers should give them the time to vote. No need for a National Holiday, it doesn't take much time out of your day.

    Americans are always looking for complicated solutions to simple issues.
    A country that spends billions of dollars on "Vote For Me" campaigns that last two years that garner a turn-out of around 50% is ridiculous!!! That's a lot of money that could be spent on other well-deserved causes. You would also think with all the hype (thank you CNN/FOX) the turnout would be much higher. But unfortunately, people just get weary of the entire process, except those who hold almost fanatical points of view.

    I'm not sure why Americans are Soooo scared of the word "compulsory". It won't bite and it won't infringe on anyones anything ….. I promise.
    So it's simple, make voting compulsory and vote on weekends. Go on, do it a few times and no one will ever complain again!

  49. hello! Jury duty!!! If the most important thing in america is not required Jury duty shouldn't be either!!

  50. I love this series, but I also have a big problem with it (as well as with most discussions about politics). Even though the whole premise of the show is that we're starting from scratch, that's far from what you're doing. What you're doing is starting out with the US political system as it is now, then taking one small aspect of it and asking whether we should make ONE small change to it. By doing so, you're implicitly assuming that EVERYTHING else is remaining the same and you're only changing that one small detail.

    The problem with that is that everything is interconnected. You can't just pull out one thread without also pulling at the others. If we were truly starting from scratch, a lot of the things we should change would be acting in a completely different environment because we'd also be changing other things. Going from one small issue to the next prevents you from thinking about the whole picture (thus completely negating the premise of the channel) and creatively solving the problems that need to be solved. Instead, you're chained to the present situation and end up just making small insignificant changes rather than truly starting from scratch. Most of the times those changes will seem like terrible ideas to most people because you're not changing anything else about the system to accommodate for them.

    TL:DR; this format is just an example of the anchoring bias: "a cognitive bias where an individual relies too heavily on an initial piece of information offered (considered to be the "anchor") when making decisions."

  51. Modern governments came from the same line (and even bloodlines) of historical mafia, bandits, robbers and warlords. Think of a historical gangster. Now think of a nation. A nation is a historical gangster grown through thousands of years into the size of what we now call a "nation". So now we call the big brother, the head of the gang, our "president", our "prime minister", our chairman, our king monkey, or what ever. So if you think that all the party candidates you're voting for are "still" the mafia, why should you? Well, because these governments came from the same root system as the historical warlords, bandits or whatever you call them, they behave the same. That is, they want you to vote for them over their competitors. So now we have all mafia gangs, all are the same war mongers, all trying to get us to vote for them to be the head of the nation (ie head of the gangster) and in some extreme countries, they fine people heavily for failure to vote. A truly democratic country should allow people the right to vote AS WELL AS not to vote. Quite a few so-called democratic countries fines people for not voting. These countries are in a sense less democratic than communistic countries. But they insist that they are democratic. But who cares what they call themselves. When they force people to vote, they are not a democratic government (ie, head of a gangster that enforces their rules on others).

  52. Make voting compulsory. I believe there is both a right and responsibility to vote, therefore you must vote as it is your duty as a citizen to make your representatives accountable and preserve democracy.

  53. Just incentivize civic engagement.
    People may continue to be silent, yet those that choose to be proactive are rewarded.
    All this talk about forcing people to opine is strange and counterproductive.

  54. Hell no the ignorant and uninformed should not be voting as more than likely they will just vote for whoever is willing to bribe them with their own money

  55. there is a very good reason to vote …it helps put scum like hillary and bill…and donald and W..and his CIA dad ..and nixon…carter …kennedy ..FDR…IKE…Harry …Ron …into a position of pseudo power …where they can do the bidding of people like Rothschild …Sorros …etc and help them run the world the way they think it should be run…slaughtering our men and women in wars …encroaching more and more every day on our freedoms …taking 50% of our wages ….soooo…as we enter this election cycle be sure to get out and vote ….the fact is …government should be ignored into oblivion and staying away from the polls is a very good place to start…

  56. America From Scratch …is probably funded by George Soros …this guy has the IQ of a deer tick and most of the people who comment should go back to the mall and buy sneakers with lights in them as George Carlin says …in a great video on voting …we have the country we have mainly because of people such as the individuals commenting on this absurd question …"should we have compulsory voting?"…it is like asking …should we have compulsory beheadings ….or better …compulsory 70 year jail sentences …but don't worry my sheep … as long as you vote and do what you are told ….you will be just fine!!!…WHAT A COMPLETE BUNCH OF GOONS

  57. It's not a problem to not vote. A vote can mean satisfaction among the candidates or issues. When people are riled up they vote. This n ah.ouglready tells us what to do

  58. I live in Australia. Let me explain a little about how it works; voting isn’t mandatory. You can show up at a booth , register then walk out again without voting, perfectly legal. You can also spoil your ballot paper. If you do fail to vote; the fine is the equivalent of a parking fine; you pay it through the same website as parking fines.

    I used to live in the UK where I volunteered for a political party; the pre-election strategy is all about getting out your vote. In Australian, it's all about convincing people to vote for you. It's a subtle change that makes a huge difference.

  59. I mean tbh, when we already limit and try to limit the voting rights of so many citizens, making it mandatory to vote these days seems like a no brainer. Especially when so many who don't vote will still complain about what happens.

  60. Your presidential vote does not count. That is what the electoral college is.
    Thankfully that is the only system where your vote does nor count.

  61. Mandatory vote + majority judgement voting system (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majority_judgment) + blank vote taken into account in the results + Referendum Initiated by Citizens in all matters = a good start to build a proper democracy.

  62. In Belgium you're charged if you don't vote, but the judges don't bother to actually proceed with the prosecution. So you never pay a fine.

  63. I've voted in every election since I turned 18, but I have never been to a polling place. I also voted as absentee (which help to remember) and now my state (Washington) everyone who votes is absentee except in disability/missing ballot/late registration.

  64. Voting is a right, not an obligation with threats and executions like withdrawing of passport and driver's license when not voting. RIDICULOUS abuse of power by any government who still does this => dictators. => Argentina still does it, probably more ex-dictator states but still dictating.

  65. I assume if people are allowed to vote at any polling place of their choosing there would be an online database for the volunteers to check to make sure the voter has not already voted elsewhere. I have always lived in small towns where the polling places are run by very elderly volunteers. I don't believe many of them could operate a computer if needed which could really be a problem.

  66. Absolutely not!!!!! Australia's treatment of aboriginals and the mandatory vote has completely disenfranchised an entire group of people from politics in that country. Mandatory voting laws is akin to needing state ID to vote, it's dictatorial, it favours the wealthy and disenfranchises those who decide not to take part which is undemocratic. And just because you score highly in economic development doesn't mean you have a healthy democracy, look at Hong Kong and Singapore!

  67. Like filing taxes, voting should be mandatory. When people don't vote, they give their vote away to people who do not share their values and beliefs. Mandatory voting will ensure the voting results are a true representation of the population and ensure when someone is elected that they won because the majority of the population chose them.

  68. NO forcing people to vote is SLAVERY. Also not everyone should vote, my sister is a perfect example, she knows absolutely nothing about politics and would make an awful voter.

  69. no,for two reasons
    1. it takes away constitutional liberty and forces poeple give support to somone they do not want to.
    2. Voting is already rigged as it is,and this will only make it worse,these are how full dictatorships are instated.

  70. I've cast an empty ballot twice. I'm sick of politics and the lies. No matter what it's the rich that win and crush people like me, I've tried in the past and it's like trying to use a fan to stop a hurricane, I'm done wasting my time money and energy. My vote is never enough to outnumber the idiots who raise taxes, elect corrupt judges to politicians whatever. And I never get a say in the matters that I care about when they get to the state legislature so screw it.

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