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Man Inserting Voting Paper into a Ballot Box

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Courtesy of CNN Dot Com

A few weeks ago, President Obama suggested that mandatory voting could offset money’s influence in politics.  During the recent midterm elections, only about 40 percent of the voting population actually cast a ballot.  Some countries such as Australia have mandatory voting.  This mandatory voting is they have to actually go to a poll booth, but can decide to vote or throw away their ballot and are fined if they are absent on polling day.  The benefits are that the general population can be fully represented and groups with special agendas and grand sums of money do not overtake the system.  However, forcing someone to vote could turn into a form of protest because it would go against their constitutional rights.  Would you favor mandatory voting in the U.S.?  To read the full story, click the link below.

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