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Question: Should the US have mandatory voting?
No   -56 (51.4%)
Yes   -13 (11.9%)
Yes, but only if there is a "none of the above" option.   -15 (13.8%)
Yes, but only if voting is made easier.   -12 (11%)
Options 3 & 4   -11 (10.1%)
Yes, but only if some other requirement is fulfilled.   -2 (1.8%)
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« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2017, 03:33:17 pm »
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« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2017, 10:00:11 am »
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No.  Absolutely not.  Terrible idea.

Citizens being herded into voting booths simply does not fit in with the land of the free home of the brave concept.
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2017, 07:44:35 am »
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No.  Absolutely not.  Terrible idea.

Citizens being herded into voting booths simply does not fit in with the land of the free home of the brave concept.

Yea, not what happens.
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« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2017, 10:41:53 am »
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I think yes but:

1. You can cast blank on any race or even for the entire ballot.
2. Voting lasts an entire week, 7 to 7 each day (for major elections). Taxes increase if necessary to make that possible.
3. You can vote absentee without having to provide an excuse.
4. Penalty for not voting is a modest fine.
5. Not applicable to primaries or minor elections.
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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2017, 01:14:54 pm »
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Never. If you just make it easier to vote, there will be higher turnout.
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« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2017, 10:57:40 pm »
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There should be a tax credit for voting and a tax penalty for not voting IMO

How would that be different than a poll tax, the kind used in the Jim Crow South, except in reverse.

The comparison literally makes no sense as the issue with a poll tax was that it put a financial requirement for voter eligibility--this would in no way restrict voting access.
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« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2017, 06:25:56 pm »
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Make Election Day a public holiday, or move it to the weekend.
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« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2017, 06:04:26 pm »
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No, we have the right to vote, not requirement to vote.

In my opinion, it is our duty to vote, we can't be forced to. However, if someone shames you for not voting in a presidential election, they're somewhat justified.
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