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Should there be mandatory voting for all citizens over 18?

  • Mandatory voting would give everyone the "right" to vote

    Many poor and disadvantaged people can't vote because they can't take the time off work. Mandatory voting would give us true representatives of the people!

    To those who say it infringes on their rights, what about the people who have no "right" to vote because there's no law that allows them to take the day off to vote.

    If we had mandatory voting maybe Americans would pay more attention to the representatives we elect.

  • No, voting is a privilege and a choice

    No, voting should not be mandatory for all citizens over 18. The government should not have the power to force people to do this, it is a gross overreach of power. Furthermore, forcing people to vote who do not want to means less educated voters. Voters less educated on the issues likely results in a poor outcome for the people.

  • No, definitely not.

    Many Americans have thought about how it would feel to have the obviously worse candidate win the election due to un educated voters. This would happen if our country changed to mandatory voting. Furthermore, if a citizen doesn’t want any of the candidates to win and they are forced to vote, he or she would have to cast their vote on someone they don’t fully want representing them. It’s almost as if people are rolling a dice when they go to vote.


    If the government decided to have voting mandatory, it would cause a major commotion. Because of uneducated voters, it would create an argument. There is no plausible evidence that shows that mandatory voting increases the voters knowledge. The expectation is that since they know they have to vote, they learn, study, and watch the news on the election. But in reality, not every american necessarily cares about politics or, just doesn’t have the motivation, time and commitment to have the urge to vote accurately. It would be the opposite of true representation. Thrusting them to vote won’t change that.


    Not only does it take away freedom for all Americans, but it violates the 1st Amendment. A chunk of the 1st Amendment is “The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition”. This shows that America was based off of freedom and we are a free country. Since we have the freedom to vote we should have the freedom not to vote. In addition, if we are forced to vote and perhaps someone doesn’t, we could be sent to jail or having to pay a fine for being completely innocent and just wanting freedom! Our country is definitely not a country who would fill jail with non-voters. That is plain cruelness and our country is etter than that.To conclude, voting is a privilege, not an obligation.

  • No, that's a terrible idea

    We already have too many people voting that shouldn't be, we certainly don't need to make it mandatory. Votes being cast because the person has to, voting for who they think they're "supposed to" is not going to make the system work any better. It's pretty flawed as it is right now, this would make it an outright disaster. If you don't care enough to vote when it's optional, you shouldn't be.


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