I agree with Charles Pierce that President Obama is basically trolling Republicans when he implies he might be for mandatory voting. I’m not really for mandatory voting but if we start discussing it perhaps it will lead to a couple things that I’m definitely for:
- automatic registration, such as Oregon now has–registration should be easy for everyone and automatic for most. Voting is an essential part of a democracy so why do some people want to make it hard?
- there should be a federal holiday for national elections. Again, nothing is more important in a democracy than voting–we should celebrate it. If we don’t want another holiday we could move it to one of the current ones–July 4, for example, would be perfect.
I’m sure all politicians would agree … well, except for Republicans, who really don’t want everyone to vote (see here for example).