Yesha Callahan

Obama Ponders Mandatory Voting in the U.S. – Could It Actually Work?

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In Australia mandatory voting is the law. But could it actually work in the U.S? Well President Obama posed the question earlier this week in Cleveland. While speaking about money influencing elections, the president stated that the U.S. should make it easier, not harder for people to exercise their right to vote.

“If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country,” Obama said, he also said universal voting could “counteract money more than anything.”

In regards to poor people and minorities not voting, Obama recognizes that people try to keep them away from the polls as well. “There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls,” he said in a veiled reference to Republicans.

In countries such as Belgium, Brazil and Argentina, if you don’t have a valid excuse as to why you’re not voting, you can face a fine.

Obama said he thought it would be “fun” for the U.S. to consider amending the Constitution to change the role that money plays in the electoral system. But don’t hold your breath.

“Realistically, given the requirements of that process, that would be a long-term proposition,” he said.

  1. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    sounds like another reason to tax folks to me. just like mandatory health insurance. some people just don’t care about the electoral process b/c it’s mostly rigged to benefit the rich. so now someone is proposing that folks that have very little impact in politics be required to jump through hoops or face a fine/tax? get outta here.

    • March 21, 2015 - Reply


      Right. And the rich will continue to benefit and have total control as planned. Smh. It’s gonna be just the few of them vs. everyone else = poor. The Middle Class is practically been eliminated. Actually, these 1 percent celebrities are helping to keep people dumbed down, so the masses can’t see what’s right in front of their eyes….

  2. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    also… who’s to say forcing people to vote will force them to vote responsibly or even read what they’re voting for? do we really want to clog up the voting process w/a bunch of dummy ballots? does this also mean they’ll be tracking who and what we vote for?

  3. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    I’m on the civil libertarian side on this issue. Many people just don’t want to vote. How will you enforce the penalty for those who refuse to vote. Fines will be a distraction. The best solution is to end the huge restrictions on voting. You can end the restrictive voter ID law restrictions that exist in various state. We can allow felons to vote after they paid their debts to society fully. We can make it a priority to not only expand voting rights, but allow third parties more power to express themselves and their ideals (since third parties regularly have more comprehensive, creative solutions than the major 2 parties). Those alternatives would be better than forcing people to vote.

  4. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    Although I’d like to see more vote, I don’t like this idea due to the basic definition of freedom, and the fact that if people are forced will they vote responsibly? I don’t think so. That said, no mandatory voting but also low barriers to access. You should be able to go to a kiosk at any DMV, post office, or bank, scan your finger, and vote up to a month before election day.

    • March 21, 2015 - Reply


      Scan your finger? No offense, but that is the problem.

      The thought of scanning your finger for goods and services should make you want to run for the woods, and live off the land. But having your freedom taken away is being seen as normal thing. Having your freedom taking away under a single pay and verification system ( it’s about to happen) is 100 percent satanic.

  5. March 21, 2015 - Reply

    Another New World Order proposition. Just like mandatory healthcare. Just like turning community college into High School. Just like the mandatory military idea. Just like the Martial Law test after the Boston Bombings. Just like the gun control attempt after Sandy Hook. He’s not trying to hide it. Next up, the chip in your hand to enter your workplace, hospitals and airports.

    I refuse.

  6. March 22, 2015 - Reply

    Everybody? Does that include non-citizens?

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