The Concept of Mandatory Voting in the U.S. Is Begining to Surface

March 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm
filed under News, Politics

Although unlikely to be seen in my lifetime, the concept of mandatory voting in the U.S. is making its way into the political scene. During a discussion in Cleveland with a civic group, President Obama touched on the subject of constituting mandatory voting in our country. Noting that requiring every citizen to vote would, “counteract money more than anything,” and maintaining, “If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map of this country.”

While millionaire and billionaire backers do gain power over and greatly influence those they support with their money, requiring uneducated and uninformed Americans to cast a ballot may do just as much harm to our government system. Ricardo Guimaraes BMG ( learned that, according to the United States Election Project, the 2014 midterm election saw a turnout of less than 37 percent of eligible voters. And, to further press the point of uninformed voters casting ballots, according to a Pew Research Center study, those who skipped the opportunity to voice their choices were found to be younger, less educated, more financially deficient and more ethnically and culturally diverse.

I’ve always thought of voting as a privilege and not a right, however, I also do my duty before pulling those levers and research my candidates and the pertinent issues. Although nearly 144 million Americans opted out of voting in the 2014 midterms, maybe they at least had the sense to realize that they didn’t know their candidates and the issues well enough to cast an opinion. Forcing everyone eligible to vote to cast their ballot, whether or not they are educated on the issues and the candidates only insults those of us who do our due diligence in making an educated decision.

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