President Barack Obama vowed to “fundamentally change” America when he was first elected, and one aspect of this nation that he has certainly worked toward changing is the voting process.
Whether it be through assisting efforts at extending the right to vote to non-citizens, fighting efforts to clean up voter registration rolls, or suing states over their voter ID laws, Obama has been busy when it comes to the way we vote.
Now he is suggesting making Election Day a national holiday, or otherwise altering the way we conduct elections, in order for every eligible voter to have a chance to make it to the polls and cast their vote, according to Rutgers University’s The Daily Targum.
The college journalist noted prior laments from Obama about low voter turnout in American elections, comparing it with other developed countries that have much higher turnouts — likely due to automatic registration of voters, mandatory voting, or holding elections on weekends or national holidays — and asked Obama if he would be in favor of doing similar things in America.
“Absolutely. We are the only advanced democracy that makes it deliberately difficult for people to vote,” Obama replied. “And some of it has to do with the nature of our history and our Constitution, where we allow individual states to determine their own processes for structuring elections within certain boundaries.”
“I think that we know some states like Oregon are doing a much better job at extending mail-in voting, increasing tools like online voting that are safe and secure, give people flexibility over a long period of time, (and) early voting,” he continued. “And so everything we can do to make sure that we’re increasing participation is something that we should promote and encourage. Our democracy is not going to function well when only half or a third of eligible voters are participating.”
“The single most dramatic political change that could occur in this country — and the best way for us to relieve the frustrations that people feel around the political process — would be if we had greater participation that was more reflective of the day-to-day concerns that people have,” Obama concluded.
This is little more than an attack on the 10th Amendment and state’s rights, as well as a thinly-veiled attempt at increasing the electoral power of the Democrats by pushing more uninformed voters to the poll, where they typically vote Democrat.
Obama needs to leave well enough alone and stop inserting himself into long-held traditions in order to make changes that suit his agenda.
Perhaps if the political parties didn’t offer up such obviously corrupt jokers as their candidates, more people would be inclined to take part in the political process that right now sickens more people than it excites.
H/T Addicting Info
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