Thursday, March 19, 2015

Obama: Maybe it's time for mandatory voting



By Holly Yan, CNN
Updated 10:07 AM ET, Thu March 19, 2015

(CNN)The president whose major policy achievement is mandatory health insurance thinks maybe voting should be mandatory, too.

Asked how to offset the influence of big money in politics, President Barack Obama suggested it's time to make voting a requirement.

"Other countries have mandatory voting," Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland, where he spoke about the importance of middle class economics, and was asked about the issue during a town hall.

"It would be transformative if everybody voted -- that would counteract money more than anything," he said, adding it was the first time he had shared the idea publicly.
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"The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups," Obama said. "There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls."

At least 26 countries have compulsory voting, according to the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. Failure to vote is punishable by a fine in countries such as Australia and Belgium; if you fail to pay your fine in Belgium, you could go to prison.

[Translated, if the lazy, unemployed welfare recipients and lazy liberals were forced to vote, more liberal Democrats would get elected]

Read more at:
http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/19/politics/obama-mandatory-voting/




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