Should voting be mandatory?

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by yazzer, May 3, 2007.

  1. yazzer

    yazzer Member

    Think about this one carefully and objectively.

    (Don't forget, something as simple as jury duty is mandatory in the US. Also, voting is compulsary in Australia.)
  2. earthmother

    earthmother senior weirdo

    Oh, just think how the elections might turn out if it WAS mandatory.... Yea, might be a blessing.

    You could have folks go door to door like the census people do.

    And let convicted felons vote too! Please. And allow ALL prospective candidates to be in the debates on TV so people can really make informed decisions... And let people who registered independant vote for whoever they want in the primaries. And screw the electoral college.....
  3. Grim

    Grim Wandering Wonderer

    Remember, voting in America doesn't count. Not anywhere above a local level, at least.

    Your vote for Congress or President goes nowhere. Elections of that scale are decided long, long before you ever toss your vote.

    So no...I don't think it should be mandatory to go do something that doesn't matter. We have the -right- to vote, but we do not have's a freedom we can choose to explore or not. Once you begin forcing someone to use that freedom, they aren't free anymore.
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  4. The_Walrus

    The_Walrus Sgt. Pepper

    I think so, yeah, but I think a lot of people would become disgruntled because they don't want to vote, so they'd just vote for whomever without actually caring about it, and that's never good.
  5. mortes

    mortes Senior Member

    hell no. Voting does nothing anyways. You don't make the laws rich people do. I'll never vote for any american in this slave-state.
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  6. myself

    myself just me

    people should have the right to be neutral if they r sick of all candidates
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  7. usfcat

    usfcat CaterCreeps

    Definitely not. Apathetic people would throw everything off because they'd be forced to pick someone. If they know nothing about the issues and have no interest, they shouldn't have to give their 2 cents.
  8. madlizard

    madlizard Senior Member

    nothing should be mandatory.
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  9. gardener

    gardener Realistic Humanist

    Exactly. As to jury duty how many high profile individuals do you ever see on a jury? Think they could pay them 5.00 a day? How mandatory is it for them? Mandatory only seems to apply to the little man.
  10. gardener

    gardener Realistic Humanist

    Actually that might be a good thing!
  11. gardener

    gardener Realistic Humanist

    So actually everyone is voting anyway.
  12. Pressed_Rat

    Pressed_Rat Do you even lift, bruh?

    We are told by the establishment how important it is to vote, which is the same establishment who gives us the candidates to vote for. Democracy is the smoke screen designed to keep the public complacent, and they will remain complacent as long as they believe in the sham called democracy and naively think their voice counts and that they have a choice.

    It's when enough people wake up and realize that their vote DOESN'T count that something can possibly be done.
  13. gardener

    gardener Realistic Humanist

    Democracy is not a smoke screen when enforced by the population by voting. Just how can those without a voice ever have any power. That's where your arguments lose me rat.
  14. Namaste

    Namaste Member

    You should have to pass a test to vote. That would get rid of A LOT of voters.
  15. gardener

    gardener Realistic Humanist

    That was tried after the civil war and found to be unconstitutional.
  16. rebelfight420

    rebelfight420 Banned

    no we are a free society supposedly we should'nt be forced to do anything.
  17. It should be mandatory only if we get the option of None of the Above. If None of the Above wins, all candidates lose and new ones run in a new election. Continue until someone actually wins.

    But seriously, how would you even go about forcing everyone to vote?
  18. Catfish

    Catfish Member

    The best way to get a higher turnout on election day would be to put a "None of the above" spot on the ballot.
  19. gardener

    gardener Realistic Humanist

    Ever seen Richard Pryor's movie Brewster's Millions, you should rent it.
  20. floydianslip6

    floydianslip6 Senior Member

    This is very true. Moreover, jury duty isn't mandatory, you get signed up for jury duty by participating a combination of government processes. One of those is registering to vote. It's your trade off with society, you vote, you go to jury duty. Granted most of the processes people go through without realizing it, though personally I have never been called for jury duty since I played my cards right in what I participate in.

    if voting were made mandatory, the next logical step in our current society would be madating which vote you cast.

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