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  •  I've been thinking compulsory voting is necessary (3+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, blueoasis, ardyess

    This would eliminate voter suppression by definition.

    •  That's true, but some of those sleeping dogs (4+ / 0-)
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      Roger Fox, llywrch, ardyess, i understand

      should be left to snooze.
      Better to find out what motivates the ones that agree but don't vote and get them off their butts on election day. I'd love to see a 30% apathy on the Right side of the electorate.
      This election actually did better than the recent trends, almost 80% turnout. When you have a good candidate, a good organization versus a bad opponent and his despicable and incompetent team, you get good results.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:43:03 AM PST

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    •  Not sure how I feel about compulsory voting... (1+ / 0-)
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      i understand

      I know a lot of people who don't participate in the voting process for ideological reasons. Some think it is a distraction, or a deliberate ploy to pacify the people. Others feel so disenfranchised by the lack of choice that they don't see the point of participation. Others think the system is so rigged that their votes will not be counted regardless of their participation. I would love to see us get money out of politics, open up the debates, switch to runoff voting, perhaps have some sort of "no confidence" option, and get rid of these proprietary black box voting machines... Ultimately I think we would be better off inspiring people to vote rather than requiring them to vote, even though it may not solve voter suppression.

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