President Obama endorsed mandatory voting, as in forcing every American to vote in elections whether they want to or not.
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Speaking at the City Club of Cleveland on Wednesday, the president pointed out that several countries such as Australia already have compulsory voting in which citizens are fined or even jailed for not voting in elections.
“It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Obama said. “That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything.”
“If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”
He claimed that denying Americans their freedom of choice would “reduce the influence” of campaign money in elections.
“We have to think about what are other creative ways to reduce the influence of money,” Obama stated. “There are other ways for us to think creatively, and we’ve got to have a better debate about how we make our democracy better and encourage more participation.”
But forcing people to vote practically at gunpoint isn’t democratic at all – it’s authoritarian and it’s also arguably the most draconian suggestion Obama has made during his presidency.
It does fit his agenda, however; since 2009, Obama has granted work permits to millions of unqualified illegal immigrants, which helped bolster the Democratic voting base.
The Obama administration gave 1.7 million work permits to aliens whose legal status is unknown, 1.2 million to aliens whose visas did not authorize employment (students, tourists, etc.), and 982,000 to aliens who are known to have crossed the border illegally.
“This is a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the limits set by Congress that inevitably impacts opportunities for U.S. workers, damages the integrity of the immigration system and encourages illegal immigration,” Jessica M. Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies wrote.
Work permits are gateway documents to driver’s licenses, which then in turn allows non-citizens to illegally vote in elections because the driver license bureaus in several states, such as Ohio and Kansas, lack the manpower to cross check voter registration forms with the voter’s immigration status.
“It’s a guarantee it will happen,” Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach told the Washington Times.