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Should American citizens be required to vote, as they are in some countries?

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Poll Results: 6,915 votes
62%
No. Some people don't care, or don't know enough about the issues or candidates to make an informed decision.
 
32%
Yes. It is a civic duty, and the results would truly represent the American people.
 
6%
Other.
 



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Peggy B
Thursday April 12, 2018, 10:41 AM


I agree with John B on this. They should be required to show up even if they don't vote. I suspect that many people don't vote because they are simply afraid to do it for the first time and many just because they are lazy. They are usually the ones that moan the loudest.

John B
Friday February 2, 2018, 5:36 AM


Yes, but only if there is a option on the ballot to note that they showed up, like "Present, but not voting" or "Not informed enough".
“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
― Thomas Jefferson

John B
Wednesday March 1, 2017, 7:00 AM


Yes, but only if there is a option on the ballot to note that they showed up, like "Present, but not voting" or "Not informed enough".

Janis K.
Saturday January 30, 2016, 5:24 PM


yes

Sue H.
Wednesday November 18, 2015, 10:42 PM


No.

M.N. J.
Wednesday November 4, 2015, 1:16 PM


No, but Election Day should be a national holiday so that people CAN vote.

And not be forced to work, like some people now are forced to work on Thanksgiving.

Dimitris Dallis
Monday October 5, 2015, 12:09 PM


John has a good idea :)

M.N. J.
Saturday March 28, 2015, 12:10 AM


No.

Barbara V.
Saturday March 21, 2015, 6:29 AM


No

John B.
Saturday February 28, 2015, 12:42 PM


Yes, but only if there is a option on the ballot to note that they showed up, like "Present, but not voting" or "Not informed enough".



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