Dresden wrote:I don't think it's necessary to make voting mandatory in order get higher voter turnout. Instead, we should just make it as simple as possible for people to vote. Other countries do a much better job than we do on this, and so have much greater turnout. I know it's not THAT hard to vote now, but it could be made even easier- there are many good ideas out there on how to do this, but the GOP generally blocks any such measures, knowing that they are outnumbered, and can only hold onto power through various means of voter suppression, or vote weighting (electoral college/gerrymandering).
I just requested my ballot online just now since I confirmed I am not going to able to come in and vote on Nov 3. It took 90 seconds to complete everything.
In addition to the absentee ballot I requested, there is a mail in online PDF I also downloaded. I was generally surprised how easy it was to complete the process. Also I will receive I assume voter information or ballots on future elections. Maybe certain states it maybe more difficult but my swing state it was so simple.
I don't think it needs to be easier but rather people just need to be educated step by step on how to receive an absentee ballot. Schools for example should be educating people on things like managing your finances and how to vote.
On the other hand, getting various things such as money the states owes you back is extremely difficult and time consuming to actually get done.