Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Enthusiasm Gap and Mandatory Voting

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Via TPM, a Daily Kos poll shows a major enthusiasm gap looming for 2010.

I don’t think I’ve done my spiel for Australian-style mandatory voting on the blog yet, but it’s one of my more recent Utopian schemes for fixing American politics. In short the idea goes like this: our current low-turnout election practices, particularly in off-year elections like 2009 and 2010, creates a situation in which policy at all levels of government is hijacked by single-issue zealots and extremist diehards, to the detriment of all concerned. Make Election Day a federal holiday and require* everyone to vote, and you’ll see an annual electorate that consistently reflects the actual will of the people and not the vicissitudes of get-out-the-vote campaigns.

* force of this requirement TBD.

Written by gerrycanavan

November 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

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  1. Receipt of voting required for federal and state income tax returns? If you owe taxes are you more likely to be active in politics?

    With added addendum:
    [X] No confidence vote for any of the above candidates; I request new candidates from more varied political parties and a new voting day TBD.


    November 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

  2. Oh, absolutely good point: if you have mandatory voting you really need a NOTA option.


    November 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm

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