I read an article just now in USA Today. In a speech in Cleveland, President Obama opined that perhaps the United States should have mandatory voting.
I think that’s a great idea. I checked a page on Wikipedia, and since 1972 voter turnout has hovered within a couple points of 50%. The election of 2008 was the high point at 57%. Turnout in the 2012 election was 37%. Those are national numbers, of course.
My local voting precinct has about 25,000 eligible voters, and about 10,000 voted in the last election (2014). That’s pretty crappy.
I would like to think that we have few obligations in order to live in this country. We ought to all have a voice in how it it run, and mandatory voting would help get to that goal. Maybe we could look to Oregon as an example, with voting by mail and a decent time to accomplishing voting.