During a town hall meeting in Cleveland this week, the president expounded upon the premise of mandatory voting and how it affects other countries. With voter turnout lower than ever in the United States, the commander-in-chief candidly said that the nature of politics would more than likely change for the better if everyone flocked to the polls.
“It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in Cleveland. “That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”
He mentioned Australia, which had mandatory voting and citizens can face a fine for not going to the polls, and said it was an example of the “creative ways” needed to counter money in politics.
As political pundits began to question Obama’s thoughts on the idea, the White House quickly released a statement on the topic.
“The president was not making a specific policy prescription for the United States,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
In a report by the The Pew Charitable Trusts, voter turnout in the 2014 midterm elections was worse than ever, as 144 million voters ditched the voting polls.
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SOURCE: CNN | VIDEO CREDIT: News Inc.
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