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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Nowak: Let's make it mandatory that people vote

  • Presently, people in the United States seem to be under the perception that we merely have a right to vote, but I think that it is greater than that and that we have an obligation to vote and that it could be satisfied by making voting mandatory and subject to a fine if people do not carry out their obligation.
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  • Presently, people in the United States seem to be under the perception that we merely have a right to vote, but I think that it is greater than that and that we have an obligation to vote and that it could be satisfied by making voting mandatory and subject to a fine if people do not carry out their obligation.
    Under the present system, those at the ideological extremes are controlling our country. A mandatory voting law would even out those extremes because by definition, the rest of the country who thinks as moderates would more than balance those at the extremes.
    I think that an immediate result would be the virtual elimination of the ideological extremists even running for office. Presently, the extremists are aware that they benefit from the primary elections where most Americans do not bother to vote. For example, in Missouri in a recent election, only about 15 percent of the registered voters voted.
    One of the issues on the ballot was the health care issue for which 75 percent of the 15 percent voted against. On television today, you will often hear that 75 percent of Missourians voted against Obamacare. Not true. Only 75 percent of 15 percent voted against it, which is actually closer to 12 percent of registered voters in Missouri.
    We do not know what the percentage would have been if everyone voted, but since our present-day elections seem to favor the extremists; it is highly likely that the results would have been different.
    Some of the issues bandied about by the ideological extremists have virtually no room for compromise; therefore, America dives deeper into the ideological abyss driven by the cultural Imams who rouse up the masses to fight to the bitter end. It makes living in the United States rather uncomfortable and difficult for the moderate middle, which realistically includes former leaders like Bob Dole and President Reagan.
    If the extremists prevail, than there will not be much difference, other than brand of religion, between the United States and those other extremist cultures. Personally, I think that we need to nip this dive into the abyss before it destroys the fabric of our country and we possibly go to Civil War over ideology again.
    The solution, if I am correct in my observations about elections, is to make it mandatory to vote. Of course, the extremists who would recognize this as a threat to their rise to supremacy, would rally against the concept and declare that it is not constitutional to require voting.
    I am not a Constitutional expert, but I believe that it would be allowed by the constitution and that it may very well be our best solution out of our present election woes that saddle our country with intransigence.
    Page 2 of 2 - The ideological extremists must be controlled and kept to the extremes where they are less likely to do damage to the country. A mandatory vote would moderate the ebb and flow of elections like the regulator on a clock which modulates the extremes and limits them to a smaller share of time than that of the moderate middle.
    Matt Nowak lives in Lansing and works as a natural resources manager.

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