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Would You Rather Pay A Fine Than Vote?

Why do you vote?
Maybe a family tradition.  You’re
a dedicated party supporter or even an anti-party voter.  Either way, it turns out very few Americans
elect people to over 511,000
political seats.  Voter turnout declines
while massive political protests increase across our great nation.   The media tends to base their coverage on
the top 537 spots-US Congress and the Presidency and Vice Presidency- which
have seen lower than normal turnout.  Voters
continually cite reasons including but not limited to; apathy, lack of trust,
unacceptable media exposure, negative campaigns, belief vote doesn’t count and
so on.  The declining behavior creates
excess freedom of will for politicians.
If it’s “We the People” than we must vote.  Mandatory voting would increase equal representation,
decrease election funding, and increase elected representative accountability.  

Mandatory Voting Increases Minority Representation

Remember Michael Brown, the young African-American killed in
Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.  That action
set off protests across the nation. Rightly so.
But it didn’t increase voter participation in the majority minority town,
estimated at a 67%
African-American population
.  In 2015
the voter turnout for the city
council and mayoral election was 30%.  
At the same time these under represented
townspeople were on the hook with a record deficit of $3.2
from protest and legal based costs.  The town has since changed its prosecution of
minorities but there will be future unrest as minorities are still not being
represented.  This is a perfect example
of why mandatory voting would increase equality of representation.  If the people of Ferguson were forced to
vote, there would be more minorities running and more minorities voting.  There’s a definite correlation that
minorities will vote for qualified candidates of their race.  Compared to big cities where diversity is
abundant, mandatory voting would open doors for a future of balanced equality
of representation for small towns and municipalities.

Voting Rights Costs Taxpayers Millions

Mandatory voting would eliminate the ever-expanding
complications from Voter ID and Voting Rights Act obligations.  The Federal Election Commission’s 2016 budget
was $76.1
.  More than a third of that
funding is for research, software upgrades and operating expenses.  That’s a high price in a Democratic country
with an abysmal voting rate-less than 50% at any given time.  A study by ProPublica
found voter protection costs are $75 to $400 per person.  Money
calculated polling machines cost $2500 apiece and poll workers are
paid up to $300 per election day.  A
total cost for one election is now in the billions.  Each state defers costs for local elections
in myriad ways leaving small locales responsible for the majority.  Would a business owner pay billions for a one
day event at their business if only 40-50% of each consumer was going to
buy?  No way.  Then why should local taxpayers be on the
hook for thousands of non-voters that small locales usually cannot afford?  Mandatory voting would create a balance
between the investment and outcomes of the election process.  Taxpayers would pay attention not only to who
they must vote for but costs.  Costs
could decrease as taxpayers instituted permanent polling places and workers
while decreasing get out the vote federal mandates to alert the public to vote
each election.   A mandatory voting
future election day would most likely include new referendums to keep election
day costs down.  Mandatory voting would
eliminate many of the costs of voting rights legalities while serving a greater
proportion of local voters.   

No Vote, No Accountability

Have you ever seen the bumper sticker that says, “Don’t
Blame Me I Didn’t Vote”.  Somehow that
doesn’t make sense.  If someone doesn’t
vote, they are the blame. Limited candidates occur when voter competition is projected
to be low.  Low voter turnout increases
apathetic politicians, a lack of sociotropic issue focus and direct
representation.  The worst effect is the
rule of incumbents. Incumbents are notorious for their disconnect from their
constituencies.  Studies
have shown that in local elections incumbents promote financial spending that
is adverse for communities.  Incumbents
are held to the demands of their special interests that continue to finance
their elections. If more people vote, the constituency demands will grow.  Elected officials will need to heed the call
of more than their core voters.  Direct
representation would increase due to the higher level of accountability to more

If given the option to vote or pay a $100 to abstain, would
you vote?  

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