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Should voting for the presidency be mandatory ?

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Started: 11/13/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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46% of Americans don't vote. It's like a half of a democracy . I think it should be mandatory to vote for the office of the president. If your vote isn't registered you're fined $25. Some people will still not vote and pay the fine which will add to the treasury but millions will vote that usually don't and we can get a better perspective of the will of the people.


"46% of Americans don't vote." - Cite your proof of this. Using the word "don't" implies that you are sourcing statistics from a current climate, presumably this year's primary (Trump/Clinton). If so, you'd be wrong, as about 55% of legal-age citizens cast ballots *source*. However, I do admit that this number is troubling. But a $25 fine as you propose would do little to fix the issue. The fine would either need to be a larger sum, or not be a financial fine altogether, but instead something more severe, such as revoking all rights to vote, permanently. This would certainly turn heads. I would argue that making citizens cast votes would merely cause them to "donkey vote", i.e. cast their ballot inconsiderately and on the fly, however if they were not given a choice and had to vote, I accept that more people would go out of their way to learn about the candidates and make a reasoned decision. This being said however, in the US Constitution it is stated "Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Thus, voting is a right of the people, not an obligation nor a privilege. A right. Meaning all citizens have the choice to act on their right or not to. Living in a country is one thing, but building it is quite another. Our founding fathers took it upon themselves to build this country so we, today, may live in it and preserve it. It's a choice. And even though some people choose not to do it, it is our choices that make us truly American, and, as a whole, people of planet Earth.
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Posted by near 1 year ago
If people have the choice to abstain in their votes then mandatory voting is not as coercive as many people think it is. Arguments here must objectively weight reasons for not voting.
Posted by ZenekPr0 1 year ago
No. It only cause people to vote out of coercion. If you don't want to vote, yet someone force you you're more likely to vote randomly.
Posted by rockerlinda15 1 year ago
No voting in the Presidential elections should not be mandatory. America, the land of freedom and God has given people a democracy. It is their God given right not to participate. This proposal smacks to me of Communism and dictatorship.
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