Should Voting Be Mandatory?

By , November 1, 2010 8:48 am

Tomorrow, you’re going to vote.


In some countries, voting is required. Should it be required here in the U.S.?

CNN asked that question:

Only 40% voted in the last midterm election? That’s pitiful.

As a way to increase voter turnout, should voting be mandatory? Along with jury duty, should it be a required part of citizenship?

Or is not voting a way of making one’s voice heard? Would mandatory voting be an infringement on freedom and expression?

Leave your comments below.

2 Responses to “Should Voting Be Mandatory?”

  1. Bea says:

    Are we to assume that the 40% who voted is a small percentage of the registered voters and not a percentage of the total voting age population which is very different. If the number is 40% of registered voters then the U.S. government is run by minority opinion and not the will of the people.

  2. The CNN piece said 40% of “eligible voters.”

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