Obama Suggests “Potentially Transformative” Mandatory Voting

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 at 7:37 am
Barack Obama

Hey, he’s just looking out for all the people who don’t vote but would vote Democrat if they were forced to. What could possibly go wrong?

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 influence of money in U.S. elections, Obama digressed into the topic of voting rights and said the U.S. should be making it easier for people to vote.

Sure, money is just horrible, says the guy who raised massive amounts of foreign money.

Just ask Australia, where citizens have no choice but to vote, the president said.

“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.”

They’ve also banned gun ownership in Australia.

Disproportionately, Americans who skip the polls on Election Day are younger, lower-income and more likely to be immigrants or minorities, Obama said. “There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls,” he said in a veiled reference to voter identification laws in a number of states.

Yes, the “folks” don’t want some people voting, like those without ID and convicted felons. Those “folks” are just so awful.

Obama said he thought it would be “fun” for the U.S. to consider amending the Constitution to change the role that money plays in the electoral system. But don’t hold your breath.

“Realistically, given the requirements of that process, that would be a long-term proposition,” he said.

Since when has the Constitution stopped this clown? He’s got his pen and phone, why not just an “executive action” forcing everyone to vote? Look, we’d love to see everyone vote in every election. But it’s their choice not to. The “folks” still have that freedom. For now.

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9 Responses to “Obama Suggests “Potentially Transformative” Mandatory Voting”

  1. Jeff P on 19/19/15 at 9:21 am

    I don’t know sh*t from shinola about pop music, which is why I don’t phone in my “vote” on American Idol. Why should we force people who neither know or care about public affairs to vote? Other than to create a permanent Democrat majority, where is the sanity in that?

  2. Steve S. on 19/19/15 at 9:50 am

    If you aren’t winning under the existing rules, change the rules.
    That’s an admission that you are losing, Mr. President. Do you understand how weak that makes you look?

  3. Looking closely on 19/19/15 at 1:50 pm

    You know where they *DO* consistently report 100% voter turnout? Fascist/communist dictatorships. Is that what Obama is after? If so, he’s thinking pretty small. Why limit votes to only 100% of the electorate?

    For example, reportedly Vladimir Putin won 99.82% of the vote in Chechnya (ie after bombing it), including 107% of the registered vote in the State Capital of Grozny. Now THAT’S Democracy!

    Back on track, while I’m 100% behind encouraging people to get involved and vote, this idea of compelling everyone to vote is simply impractical, to put it politely.

    Begging the questions of why adults who deliberately choose NOT to vote should be compelled to do so, and what happens to a representative “democracy” afterwards, how on earth is President Obama going to force people to get off their butts? He’s going to literally put a gun to their heads? (IE use police/law enforcement).

  4. Looking closely on 19/19/15 at 2:02 pm

    “There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls,” he said in a veiled reference to voter identification laws in a number of states.
    ==
    So his answer to this “problem” is to force these individuals to vote at gunpoint?

    Meanwhile, I’d like someone to show me this mythical disenfranchised adult who wants to vote, but is too inconvenienced to do so by the onerous restriction of presenting their ID card at the time they do so (eg like they’d have to do to board a bus, buy a beer, open a bank account, etc).

    No such person exists.

    Not incidentally voter ID requirements are favored by a significant majority of the American electorate, including every part of the political spectrum, across socioeconomic lines, and by every racial/minority group. Voters are required to present ID throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

    The only group that consistently opposes voter ID laws is Democrat politicians. Why is that?

  5. Harun on 19/19/15 at 2:22 pm

    Actually, I don’t think mandatory voting would help the Democrats as much as they think.

    1) Australia has elected right wing governments for a while.

    2) If you force people to vote, they might not all be Democrats. Think about Romney 2012. Obama’s people all turned out. But what if disgruntled Republicans, indies, etc who didn’t like romney or Obama were forced to turn out? I highly suspect they’d hold their nose and vote Romney if only to punish the incumbent.

    3) Australia has a good system of ranked voting. You vote first choice, second choice, 3rd choice, etc. This means you could vote libertarian and then Republican for example. Guess what happens to people forced to vote? They do a “donkey vote” 1-2-3-4-5 or reverse donkey 5-4-3-2-1. They do this to get the voting done as fast as possible. Yeah, that’s really elevating the election t make it random.

    4) Obama’s probably thinking off-presidential year elections. He must be pretty confident his base of LIV will vote for his party…but maybe they wouldn’t. These are people who follow the presidential race because its somehow exciting. If forced to vote, they might either pay attention, or just vote out incumbents or do donkey votes.

    Overall I am strongly against mandatory voting. We have enough dummies voting as of now. And I don’t put partisan Democrats in that pile. They may be wrong, but at least they follow the news somewhat.

    Also, mandatory voting would amplify the current problem of presidents having to be comedians. Obama is really good at that, and I appreciate it, but we really don’t want “good on Kimmel” to be deciding our leaders.