Obama Calls For Mandatory Voting in U.S.

March 18, 2015   |   S.m. Gibson

SM Gibson
March 18, 2015

(ANTIMEDIAOn Wednesday, Barack Obama was speaking at a town-hall event in Cleveland, Ohio when he openly endorsed the idea of mandatory voting laws.

The President mentioned the idea while in a dialogue about putting restraints on the influence that campaign donations and finances have on U.S. elections.

“It would be transformative if everybody voted,” said the politician who raised over a billion – with a B –  dollars during each of his two presidential runs. “That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”

“Other countries have mandatory voting,” the President said referencing nations like Australia, which passed compulsory voting laws in 1924. Down Under, a citizen will be fined and can even be jailed in certain situations if they do not cast a ballot.

While Mr. Obama refrained from committing to pursuing legislation regarding the topic on a federal level, he did say that he believed “that [mandatory voting laws] may end up being a better strategy in the short term” to curb the massive impact money has on the election process.

This incredulous suggestion comes just months after Democrats received an overwhelming drubbing in the mid-term elections, which was blamed on low voter turnout.


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  1. He's joking right? Mandatory voting is just what a dictatorship is.It's a stupid idea that shouldn't have even mention.

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  2. I don't think you know what a dictatorship is.

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  3. Adolf Hitler believed that Mandatory
    Voting was a good idea as well! We do not need it at all.

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  4. Finally.. You non patriotic people.. Stop being lazy and vote…and if you don't vote..stop your bitching

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  5. Being patriotic by voting for candidates backed by corporations and special interest groups that destroy the country and put us in more debt and are for deregulation of the market adding to wealth inequality and more wars? Your logic is so ignorant it's astounding

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  6. Vote for what? Both parties SAY one thing and DO ANOTHER. They are both bought and paid for — hence completely controlled by a shadow group of $$$. Sometimes the $$ want the same things and sometimes there’s infighting but make no mistake — governments are controlled by others and it’s not the people who win.

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  7. I do know what a dictatorship is.Apparently, you would probably feel comfortable under such monstrosities. Voting shall be in the hands of the people and not made into some law that overrides that decision of a voter or non voter such as my self.If this was brought into action what other absurd idea would this politician or any other politicians would come up with.

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  8. Randy Roley Are you attempting to say that ALL of Adolf Hitler's ideas were not good ideas? I think you may be wrong on that opinion if that is what you are saying.

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  9. George Orwell How does not voting help any of that?

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  10. George Orwell . What's your solution other than adopting the pseudonym of a smarter person?

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  11. " The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do."

    Joseph Stalin

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  12. @Bob Crespo, it's unfair to assume I'm less intelligent seeing as how you are urging me to present a rational solution, yet patronize me in an irrational manner. My solution? Bloodshed. You aren't going to get change voting, writing to your congressmen, protesting, none of that. I'm sure you were expecting an answer that works within the system, weren't you?

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  13. Will the two globalist controlled,anti-American, establishment parties run by lobbyists and special interests allow 3rd party options? The mafia in DC don't like legitimate competition.

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  14. Will the two globalist controlled,anti-American, establishment parties run by lobbyists and special interests allow 3rd party options? The mafia in DC don't like legitimate competition.

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  15. You vote, you are part of the problem. You have blood on your hands and are in some way complicit with the criminals and the ones they associate with, so let's not get it twisted. I don't vote, but I rather not vote. I won't participate and perpetuate a system that kills people and is all about profit and what's good for them.

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  16. Why should I vote for a candidate I have zero respect for? We have a tyrannical government and I want it to end…. voting is a waste of time.

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  17. YES WE NEED YOU TO LEAVE A "FREE" COUNTRY IF YOU DON'T WANT FREEDOM. another tard taking freedom for granted. *spit in your face*

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  18. The only way it would work is if everyone did vote. But being there is no way to ensure or force it. It will undoubtedly come down to whichever candidate promises the voters the most money, via tax breaks, mortgage programs, cash for clunkers, etc. Which is exactly how it is now.

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  19. Mandatory voting is not required in a "free" country. The candidates they put on the ballot aren't worth the time. I'll start voting when they put "none of the above" on the ballot (or actually put someone worthwhile on it – LOL. Sorry, was that out loud?)

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  20. George Orwell Thats why you should not vote for democrats or republicans, they are both severely backed by large corporations who persuade their candidates to adopt policy in favor of them instead of the American people. Vote 3rd party everytime.

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  21. Move to another country then. Or go start a revolution. I fail to see how not voting has ever accomplished anything. Especially when most of the jokers in state legislatures are in office because nobody votes them out. And unlike our congress, state legislatures have been historically productive as of late, passing laws like crazy.

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  22. Randy Roley Thats a logical fallacy, by associating it with someone who did bad things, the thing itself is bad. Hitler also helped grow the economy and many other beneficial things for Germany, now I just made it beneficial to be associated with Hitler, see how that works?

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  23. 3rd party all day long dawg. Gary Johnson all day every day.

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  24. i vote for revolution

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  25. Voting for people who are "in different parties", yet are backed by same/similar donors (known as "hedging bets") does us no good. Until people quit believing that there are only two choices, only then will things change. Until then, you are not changing anything – just rotating different assholes with the same ideology into the same seats.

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  26. Instead of complaining about it why don't you move out of America? Whine whine whine is all you type of people do. I think you need a reality check because I think you are literally insane. So what if you are forced to vote? Get out of the house and quit listening to blockheads like Jesse Ventura…..

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  27. "The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can 'throw the rascals out' at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy…. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies."
    ~Dr. Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, (New York: Macmillan, 1966), p. 1247-1248.

    So what should I vote for? The jackass who is going to strip my liberties and tell me how to think or the jackass who is going to tell me how to think and strip my liberties?

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  28. Honestly, the people I hear bitching the most are the people who voted for the clowns who turned their backs on them, so maybe you should quit watching MSLSD, the Communist News Network, Faux News, or anything else that leads you to believe that choosing A or B actually means something. The insanity is the belief that your vote really matters and that the people you elect give a shit about you. I find it funny, yet sad.

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  29. In America we have the right not to vote. What happens if you don't like any of the choices.

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  30. I’ll vote if I want to or if I feel someone running deserves my vote. Some president who imo is worthless and ignores the constitution will never make me.

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  31. Christian Kane, because Rosa Parks voted and didn't use civil disobedience to influence change? Rosa Parks casting a ballot was much more influential than sitting in the front of a bus in defiance.

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  32. Saddam Husein won 100% of the vote in a regime with mandatory voting.
    Our own Kin Husein likes that!

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  33. Sounds good. It should be a civic duty akin to jury duty.

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  34. Well YOU can run! If I like your ideas, I'd vote for you…

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  35. George Orwell have you even looked at a ballet recently? Even in primary elections where a candidate is unopposed there is still a write in blank. Even here in flyover TN there were 9 candidates for governor on the last ballet. You always have more options than R or D, the problem is that the vast majority would rather watch TV than attempt to change anything.

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  36. Dee Capone Read a book. There's no voting in a dictatorship lol

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  37. I 100% agree with mandatory voting, but I think there is a big something that's being overlooked here: You are still allowed to show up, and VOTE FOR NO ONE. NOT A SINGLE CANDIDATE. If that's the way you feel.
    But being lazy and not showing up at all or even giving it a second thought is not tolerated.

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  38. George Orwell Mandatory voting means that you can show up, but vote for no one. Leave your ballot blank and turn it in. But at least it's a conscious decision to not vote. Thoughts?

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  39. Mandatory voting means you can still show up and not vote for anyone, turn in a blank ballot, and leave. but at least it's a conscious decision to not vote!

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  40. Adolf Hitler believed that spaghetti was delicious. Guess that makes me a Nazi.

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  41. You know, that’s not a bad idea. That should be the one thing we ALL as American citizens should do, and if we all did it, shit would not be this bad. So I say, good for you Obama!
    For those of you that are against this, I ask, do you really have that little sense of community, or social responsibility? I get it, you feel there is no point, that the political spectrum is being controlled on both sides, or you just hate losing. But really, of all the current problems that fall under terms "police state" or "socialism", this is just not one of them. If you don’t vote, then you don’t really care, then why be upset at the status quo? I'm all about being anti-establishment, but not voting is not being anti-establishment, its laying down and letting the establishment have its way.

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  42. Peter Mitchel…what "in you mind" makes a difference between filling out a slot that says no vote and just not showing up? ….If I'm gonna not vote, why waste the gas and time spent officially proving on a ballot that I wish not to vote? You comment makes no sense.

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  43. That was his point……..If you force everyone to vote for two parties that represent only the rich…..Then you do have voting in a "despot" system or dictatorship. If you force everyone to vote to make the rich richer, you actually have formed a system worse than a despot system….at least in a despot system your not mislead into believing you have a choice!

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  44. George Orwell Couldn't you write in a candidate if you did not want to vote for one of the two party ones? Can you do that anymore?

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