Sunday, November 8, 2015
It is time to have a direct cost/benefit voting law (#2473)
It seems that we citizens are not aware of how important it is for all of us to vote so I suggest we pass a national law that mandates every eligible citizen to vote while making voting as simple and easy as possible. For those who see this as an infringement on our right to do whatever the hell we want to do I say tough. Our nation has had enough of this "I don't care" attitude about our democracy. We mandate other things in our democracy so it isn't so outlandish to require eligible citizens to have a say in how they are governed. If we weren't having such a problem with citizens actually voting or if some states weren't about making voting harder this kind of mandate wouldn't be necessary. However we have too few people taking the right to vote seriously enough not to have some law that incentivizes voting participation. I suggest that we offer citizens who vote some kind of tax break that has a positive effect and is genuinely a reward, while at the same time having a punishment meted out to those who refuse to participate in voting that is also not insignificant. We are all part of this democracy so sitting back with the excuse that we have a right not to vote is just not cutting it anymore. If there are no candidates worthy of your our vote than we can always leave the choice blank or write in a candidate. What me must do however is turn in a ballot. Sometimes measures need to be taken that propel our society toward our future and making voting a mandatory requirement to rectify a real problem with non-voting citizens then so be it. For those who cannot vote who are otherwise eligible there will be dispensations that are agreeably reasonable. However, we all need to make the time to know what our society is about on at least a basic level and this is my solution toward that end. I can see our democracy and the intellectual growth of our society as being enhanced through mandatory voting.