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WASHINGTON — They say the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes. President Barack Obama wants to add one more: voting.
Obama floated the idea of mandatory voting in the U.S. while speaking to a civic group in Cleveland on Wednesday. Asked about the corrosive influence of money in U.S. elections, Obama digressed into the related topic of voting rights and said the U.S. should be making it easier — not harder— for people to vote.
"If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country," Obama said, calling it potentially transformative. Not only that, Obama said, but universal voting would "counteract money more than anything."
originally posted by: coldkidc
I do wonder if they'd dump the Electoral College if voting was made mandatory?
If it went straight to popular vote it could get interesting...
How many people would just go down the row and check off anything in random order?
i would love to hear why he thinks making everyone vote would "counteract money more than anything". it is that money[\i] which pays for those running to run and to get their message out to get people to vote for them. the only way to "counteract money" within voting, is to outlaw any outside or personal money from being used at all to run for office. give all candidates the same amount of money and support, and let the best candidate win.