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Increasing Voter Turnout!

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  • You've learned a lot about voting over the last two days.  Many people believe that in the United States we need to increase the voter turnout.  We all want our say, don't we? 

    But how can we get more people to vote?

    How's this for interesting, in Australia's last federal election about 94% of the voters voted.  Why did so many Australians vote?  Voting is mandatory in Australia. Registering to vote and going to the polls are legal duties in Australia for citizens aged 18 and over. Not voting can result in a fine and potentially a day in court.

    You have two options in this discussion board:

    • explain whether you think Australia's mandatory voting is a good or bad thing.

    or

    • present an idea that you think would increase the number of people voting in the United States.

    Use specific information from the videos, readings, or graphs that we've read over the last two days to support your answer.  DO NOT just say "It's good because more people vote."