Should voting be mandatory?

Now that healthcare is affordable and mandatory, should voting be mandatory as well?

Photo Courtesy of Erik (HASH) Hermans, Flicker: Creative Commons

Photo Courtesy: Erik (HASH) Hermans, Flicker: Creative Commons

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama made a statement regarding voting to possibly be a mandatory act in the United States. As a result, the notion of big money in campaigns would have a balance.

“It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more that anything,” said Obama.

During the hall event in Cleveland, the idea was brought to the forefront during a speech about middle class economics. The idea was stated to be the first time mentioned to the public, according to CNN. The notion was supported by the same mandatory rule in both Australia and Belgium, where, if someone were to not vote they would be fined.

The idea would also help with the number of voters who do not choose to vote.

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “less than 37% of eligible voters voted in the 2014 midterm elections,” which is about 144 million Americans who did not vote.

Another issue is the younger the voter, the less chance there is for them to vote due to lower income and other interests such as minority groups and immigration groups, according to Obama.

Although this notion may work, people who do not choose to vote have to be convinced enough to vote and hopefully educated enough in the issue to vote sensibly. While others who already vote, may find it hindering to vote now that is required. Both of these are just some examples given by Haydon Manning, associate professor at Flinders University in Australia.

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