Courtesy of CNN:
"Other countries have mandatory voting," Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland, where he spoke about the importance of middle class economics, and was asked about the issue during a town hall.
"It would be transformative if everybody voted -- that would counteract money more than anything," he said, adding it was the first time he had shared the idea publicly.
The clout of millionaires and billionaires in campaign funding has been enormous, and many claim the uber wealthy have undue leverage in politics.
"The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups," Obama said. "There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls."
Well I for one am all for this idea.
But I can tell you right now that the Republican party will literally fight something like this with every resource at their disposal.
And the reason for that is because data shows that when more people vote Democrats tend to win, and it is only through low voter turnout that Republicans can remain in power.
That of course is why they are always coming up with ways to make voting harder for certain groups, or trying to disenfranchise voters over all.
They know that if we turn out in greater numbers their days are numbered as well.
So yeah, I think we need to think long and hard about making this happen.