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Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Increase Voter Turnout

HW due Wednesday: Read 205-224 and take the reading quiz.

Question of the Day: Is voting a right, a privilege, or an obligation?

Task #1: How can we increase voter turnout in the United States? Brainstorm possible reforms to help increase voter turnout.

Automatic Registration?
Oregon and California became the first two states to automatically register people to vote when they renew their driver's license. Citizens may opt out, but the government's attempt to take the initiative and register all eligible voters is expected to dramatically increase the number of registered voters. However, what effect it has on voter turnout remains to be seen.

NPR: California Becomes the 2nd State to Automatically Register Voters

Brennan Center: The Case for Automatic Voter Registration

Compulsory Voting?

Many of the countries that have high voter turnout rate also have compulsory voting--non-voters may be fined for not showing up on election day. Recently, President Obama suggested compulsory votingas a way to balance out the influence of big money in the election process.

Here are a few more articles about the proposed compulsory voting:

Sorry, Obama: Compulsory Voting is a Terrible Idea

A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting

Obama suggests making it mandatory to vote. That would change very little.

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