Disturbing: The push for mandatory voting begins

Posted by: ST on June 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Ben Shapiro at Big Government reports (via @SkiGarmisch)

Peter Orszag, former head of the Obama Office of Management and Budget, is desperate. With even Roll Call recognizing that President Obama is fighting an uphill battle for re-election, Orszag is floating a trial balloon: mandatory voting. His call for forced voting comes in an op/ed for Bloomberg News:

The U.S. prides itself as the beacon of democracy, but it’s very likely no U.S. president has ever been elected by a majority of American adults.

It’s our own fault — because voter participation rates are running below 60 percent, a candidate would have to win 85 percent or more of the vote to be elected by a majority.

Compulsory voting, as exists in Australia and more than two dozen other countries, would fix that problem. As William Galston of the Brookings Institution argues, “Jury duty is mandatory; why not voting?”

During the 2008 election cycle, voter participation was approximately 64 percent; in 2004, it was about the same. Orszag wants that number up. Why?

Beyond simply raising participation, compulsory voting could alter the role of money in elections. Turn-out-the-vote efforts, often bankrolled by big-money groups, would become largely irrelevant. Negative advertising could be less effective, because a central aim of such ads is to discourage participation in the opponent’s camp.

It is no coincidence that Orszag is calling for mandatory voting on this basis at the same time that the Obama administration pushes against Citizens United, attempting to bridge the money gap Obama now faces against Mitt Romney. It is also no coincidence that Obama wants mandatory voting at this point in time – it is widely accepted that mandatory voting would raise participation rates in heavily Democrat-leaning populations, particularly minorities.

Anything to win ….

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4 Responses to “Disturbing: The push for mandatory voting begins”


  1. arcman46 says:

    That’s just what we need. More uninformed voters casting votes without knowing anything about the races that they are voting in. Voting is both a right and a privilege and shouldn’t be abused by letting every Tom, Dick and Henryetta vote when they don’t care enough to examine the issues.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Agreed; the voting process has too many uninformed, uninvolved, and otherwise disinterested participants and too many former bureaucrats with those same characteristics trying to tell the rest of us what is best, such as mandatory voting. Inexperienced academics like this Orszag fellow have their heads so far up Obhammud’s rectum that were he to make a sharp turn it would snap their necks.

  3. Synonymous1 says:

    Mandatory voting is one of the hallmarks of an un-free nation. Remember how
    Sadam Hussein kept getting re-elected with 99% of the vote? I repeat-if anyone is too lazy or stupid to follow a few easy steps-easier than applying for public assistance I do not want them voting. There should be a single designated election day and it should be a weekday-not Sunday. No early voting and strict requirements for absentee voting. Under mandatory voting, the uninformed will vote based on fear, which means that they will vote for the thugs already entrenched in power. Once again, Obama and his henchmen reveal their third-world orientation…

  4. Zippy says:

    The desperation of this pathologically narcissistic administration is escalating. It’s pretty scary. People need to wake up!