Obama Is All For Mandatory Voting

From Washington Times:


President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year’s midterm election due to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday.

“It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in Cleveland. “That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”

Mr. Obama raised the subject during a discussion of curbing the influence of campaign donations in U.S. elections. The president said he had never discussed the idea publicly before, but said Australia and some other countries have compulsory voting.

The president didn’t commit to pushing a mandatory voting initiative at the federal level but said, “that may end up being a better strategy in the short term” than finding a solution to curbing campaign donations.

Australia is one of 11 nations worldwide with mandatory voting. Australians who fail to vote can be fined, or even jailed for repeatedly not casting a ballot.

The president repeated his frequent complaint that Democrats tend to stay home in midterm elections. Last November, Republicans regained control of the Senate and added seats to their majority in the House despite Mr. Obama’s massive fundraising efforts for his party.

“The people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups,” Mr. Obama said. “And they’re the folks who are scratching and climbing to get into the middle class and they’re working hard. There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls. We should want to get them into the polls.”


Doesn’t it just so figure that he’d come up with this idea now that he’s imported thousands of new dem voters? This also answers the question about why he’s so hell-bent on giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

Who gets to be in charge of making sure that every citizen votes? The IRS, who can’t even cull out fraudulent tax returns or Social Security that’s still paying people that are 112 years old?

Perhaps the folks in charge of O’care could set up the database for it and we could put Hillary in charge of it since we now know she’s adept at setting up secure servers.

This is ironic coming from an administration that jumped through hoops to see to it that our overseas troops didn’t get to vote.

Australian officials thought this would eliminate voter apathy, but it doesn’t. Instead it forces uninvolved citizens to the polls. Following are some of their pros and cons on compulsory voting:

Arguments used in favor of compulsory voting:

  • Voting is a civic duty comparable to other duties citizens perform (e.g. taxation, compulsory education, or jury duty).
  • Parliament reflects more accurately the “will of the electorate.”
  • Governments must consider the total electorate in policy formulation and management.
  • Candidates can concentrate their campaigning energies on issues rather than encouraging voters to attend the poll.
  • The voter isn’t actually compelled to vote for anyone because voting is by secret ballot.

Arguments used against compulsory voting:

  • Some suggest that it is undemocratic to force people to vote and is an infringement of liberty.
  • The “ignorant” and those with little interest in politics are forced to the polls.
  • It may increase the number of “donkey votes” (votes for a random candidate by people who feel that they are required to vote by law).
  • It may increase the number of informal votes (ballot papers which are not marked according to the rules for voting).
  • It increases the number of safe, single-member electorates – political parties then concentrate on the more marginal electorates.
  • Resources must be allocated to determine whether those who failed to vote have “valid and sufficient” reasons.

Here in the US, on a voluntary basis, people cast votes without knowing a thing about the candidates or the issues on the ballot. Adding more uneducated voters to that doesn’t accurately reflect what the educated voters want, it muddies the waters instead.

I think the cons outweigh the pros in this case, especially when you consider who’s pushing this and how he’s stacked the voter pool.


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17 Responses to Obama Is All For Mandatory Voting

  1. asdf says:

    Mandatory voting would facilitate wholesale fraud, as more votes could be falsely cast by democratic operatives, while still appearing to be from a legitimate portion of the population. I can PROMISE you that this is exactly what obama is up to.

    • Kathy says:

      He pretty much did a bang-up job of voter fraud in 2012, so imagine what he could do with all the illegals added to the roster. Then add in all the people who are oblivious to politics and it’s a disaster in the making.

  2. Uriel says:

    I agree asdf. If O is for then I find I am always aligned against. He has a nasty track record of communistic and Islamic view that always has an agenda. My only thought is that Maybe IF purge of social security numbers is done AND any of his illegals are marked in such a way to make easy id then it Might hold water but that dyke has a lot of fractures and many holes. I am cynical enough of his motives that I would be looking to why He backs and for ways it could be used against citizens.

    • Kathy says:

      For now, he’s rolling this out there like he just thought of it, but you can bet he’s had it in mind for a long time – it’s just that the timing wasn’t right. Now it is. He’s got a year+ to work on getting it implemented.

      Conservatives and Republicans had better get on their game.

  3. BrianR says:

    Typical Obozo asshattery.

    The right to NOT vote is every bit as constitutionally protected as the right TO vote. It’s a perfectly valid expression of political opinion.

    How would they even enforce such an idiotic idea? All anyone would have to do is show up at the polls and turn in a blank ballot. What are they gonna do? They can’t inspect a ballot to see if it’s even marked — that violates the law regarding voting privacy.

    This is the kind of dipshittery one can expect from a clown who thinks the Constitution is just a list of suggestions.

    • Kathy says:

      It would be a near-impossible task, but with O’s love of big government, my guess is he’d just create a new agency to be in charge of it and hire more employees. People who don’t vote will be fined or jailed.

      For a man who ignores the Constitution, stepping on a few privacy laws would be no problem to ensure the ballots are marked.

      We’ll have to raise a big stink about this or it will be the next O’care.

      • BrianR says:

        Well, I think that even IF someone got something like this passed (and that’s a BIG “if”) it would never pass judicial muster.

        They’d laugh that one right out of court.

      • vonMesser says:

        Kathy, while Obozo would create a new agency, I could do it with darn little cost. You simply attach the receipt from your voting to your tax return. No receipt, an additional amount is added to your taxes owed (or deducted from your return).

  4. vonMesser says:

    Ya beat me out on this Kathy. I sent a similar article off to be published yesterday. (and you did a better job than I did on it)

  5. CW says:

    Mandatory voting is one of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever heard of. As you said, if Obama is for it than you can guarantee he’s betting it will ensure the election of democrats, probably in perpetuity.

  6. Garnet92 says:

    It’s brilliant! With new voters flooding across our southern border daily, Obumbles is just setting up a way for them to “come out of the shadows” and expose themselves in the voting booth – AND vote for the democrat. You can bet your bottom dollar that his only reason for pushing this cockamamie idea is that he believes that it will result in more democrat votes.

  7. Hardnox says:

    Like everything else that is spewed from his orifice… it’s total bullshit.

    Less than 40% vote during a presidential election, even less in the midterms. I’d like to see the goobermnt enforce it. Ain’t gonna happen.

    If it were tried, then instead of voting day, early voting, and mail-ins they’d need to have voting month (which is probably the plan as is on-line voting). The recipe for fraud is enormous.

    Lastly this is a State issue and the States set the rules in their respective states and not the dear leader. The supposedly “Constitutional scholar” fails yet again. Moron.