Obama calls for mandatory voting in U.S.

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Ahhhh yes, you can never have enough illegal alien voters:

– The Washington Times – Wednesday, March 18, 2015
President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year’s midterm election due in part to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday.
“It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in Cleveland. “That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”
Mr. Obama raised the subject during a discussion of curbing the influence of campaign donations in U.S. elections. The president said he had never discussed the idea publicly before, but said Australia and some other countries have compulsory voting.

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The president didn’t commit to pushing a mandatory voting initiative at the federal level but said, “that may end up being a better strategy in the short term” than finding a solution to curbing campaign donations.
Australia is one of 11 nations worldwide with mandatory voting. Australians who fail to vote can be fined, or even jailed for repeatedly not casting a ballot.
The president repeated his frequent complaint that Democrats tend to stay home in midterm elections. Last November, Republicans regained control of the Senate and added seats to their majority in the House despite Mr. Obama’s massive fundraising efforts for his party.

“The people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups,” Mr. Obama said. “And they’re the folks who are scratching and climbing to get into the middle class and they’re working hard. There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls. We should want to get them into the polls.”
General election voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was 36.4 percent, the lowest in any election cycle since World War II, according to the United States Election Project.
In the presidential election year of 2012, about 58.2 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. Mr. Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney, 51.1 percent to 47.2 percent — a margin of about 5 million votes.
But in House races nationwide last November, about 5 million more Republican voters cast ballots than Democratic voters.
The president, who raised $1.1 billion for his re-election, said the “blitzkrieg” of campaign spending is “bad for our democracy.”
“I speak as somebody who has raised a lot of money,” Mr. Obama said. “I’m very good at it. It just degrades our democracy generally.”
Referring to the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling that resulted in increased campaign spending by third-party advocacy groups, the president said it would be difficult to change the law with a Constitutional amendment.
“We have to think about what are other creative ways to reduce the influence of money,” he said. “There are other ways for us to think creatively, and we’ve got to have a better debate about how we make our democracy better and encourage more participation.”
Mr. Obama also said the process of gerrymandering is harmful to democracy.
“I don’t think the insiders should draw the lines and decide who their voters are,” he said. “Democrats and Republicans do this, and it’s great for incumbents. It pushes parties away from compromise.”

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  2. Presented with two choices, neither worthy of honor, we have to elect one for our President? Then, later, when we complain about our country continuing to be destroyed, we will be told, “Well, you voted for him!” It would be like the Soviet Union or North Korea, but with two candidates for tyrannical governace rather than one. Even today we hear the lie, “A people get the government they deserve.” from the tyrants, spoken to justify whatever brutality they wish for the moment to impose.

    • “later, when we complain about our country continuing to be destroyed, we will be told, “Well, you voted for him!” It would be like the Soviet Union or North Korea, but with two candidates for tyrannical governace rather than one.”
      Exactly! Good observation, marble!

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  4. Studies consistently show that non-voters tend to be Americans who are uninformed and apathetic about politics, so why would any sane person want to force them to vote? Of course, those studies also show that non-voters tend to be racial minorities, lowly educated, and “poor”, which explains why Obama wants mandatory voting. You can bet that along with mandatory voting would also be a lot of vote “coaching”!

  5. Mandatory voting is definitely unconstitutional. With the exception of Australia and a few other countries, only third world countries have mandatory voting. Freedom also means that we have the right NOT to vote. If I don’t want to vote for some SOB why should I be forced to vote for him? What Obama really wants is not mandatory voting, but a third term as POTUS.

  6. I am beyond sick of this POS trying to change America into his vision of utopia which would be synonymous with Hell of course, from which he comes.

    • So am I Northergirl, so am I. I wish the lame Congress criminals would get off their backsides and get rid of this unconstitutional POS that they seem to be complicit with…apparently there is no one in DC with any chutzpah who is willing to file impeachment papers for the gazillion reasons there are to get rid of this dictatorial marxist muslim. And the American citizenry has been so dumbed down education wise since the 60s especially, although it happened before that, but the 60s brought in common core with the name of mastery learning (that’s all they do is change the name, like Huckabee said to do with Common core), we’ve had it for years, and now we’re seeing the results. A citizenry that can’t think and are too busy worrying about their beer, cell phones (no one actually converses face to face anymore, and they have zero social skills) and sports. I wish my grandparents were still alive, I’d ask them why they allowed Wilson to push us into income tax and the fed reserve…oh Lordy, come soon Jesus, come soon.


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