U.S. should automatically register voters - page 5

Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:09am EST (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that U.S. election officials should register eligible voters automatically and take steps to reduce the long lines... Read More

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    Quote from HM-8404
    Here is some advice if you want to serve on a jury... Act like you are an imbecile. If you show any knowledge you will be dismissed.

    The second time I was called for jury duty it was for criminal court. I was one of the people called for selection of a murder trial. I thought this could be interesting. The defense attorney asked who in the jury pool knew the difference in the operation of a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun. Five men, myself included, raised our hands. All five of us were immediately dismissed. That shows they don't want fair trials, they just want 12 idiots sitting on the jury.
    I'll keep that advice in mind, thanks! I wouldn't have known the answer to the gun question, but I suppose there is probably some specialized knowledge I could have that would make me unattractive to one side or the other.

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    Quote from HM-8404
    Surely you are not advocating compulsory voting. Do you really think that forcing people that don't care enough to vote is a good idea. Do you think those that don't care enough to vote will care enough to actually learn what the positions are for the candidates? Talk about a bunch of uninformed voters. We already have enough of them voting as it is.
    Well someone has to break the gridlock ...We've had 2 years of a country going nowhere fast, everyone into politics because elections was coming up now after elections we are back to the same old stalemate. We need a group of voters or a 3rd party to come in and wake up America.
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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    Well someone has to break the gridlock ...We've had 2 years of a country going nowhere fast, everyone into politics because elections was coming up now after elections we are back to the same old stalemate. We need a group of voters or a 3rd party to come in and wake up America.
    How about you're not allowed to vote if all you know about the candidates is their name and if there is a D or R after their name? Too many people vote blindly.
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    Quote from HM-8404
    How about you're not allowed to vote if all you know about the candidates is their name and if there is a D or R after their name? Too many people vote blindly.
    Millions of people already vote for candidates who all they know about the person is their name and their party. That's why voter's guides are crammed in your mailbox for the weeks preceding an election. I'd venture to guess most people have done that.
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    It was bad enough before unlimited amounts of PAC monies were allowed. Now all that literature may be lies put out by either the candidate or his SuperPACs that are not trying to educate. They want to win at any cost. And the highest cost is to our election system.

    In the recent POTUS election both sides were found to be either lying outright or shading the truth very badly.

    I actually have real problems with mandatory registration or mandatory voting. I really do not want the government to have any more say in my vote than they already have. I do wish we would have a better informed electorate. I wish that talking heads would be replaced by the BBC's attitude towards news. Wishing will not make it happen. We need people who are willing to use their own "shoe leather" to get changes made. I will not be that person. My interests lie in more concrete charity work. Someone has to do it or we have to accept that change will not happen.

    I hate having my mailbox stuffed with slick ads that are meaningless and just pollute and waste paper. The question is: Do I hate it enough to fight for something different?
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    It was bad enough before unlimited amounts of PAC monies were allowed. Now all that literature may be lies put out by either the candidate or his SuperPACs that are not trying to educate. They want to win at any cost. And the highest cost is to our election system.

    In the recent POTUS election both sides were found to be either lying outright or shading the truth very badly.

    I actually have real problems with mandatory registration or mandatory voting. I really do not want the government to have any more say in my vote than they already have. I do wish we would have a better informed electorate. I wish that talking heads would be replaced by the BBC's attitude towards news. Wishing will not make it happen. We need people who are willing to use their own "shoe leather" to get changes made. I will not be that person. My interests lie in more concrete charity work. Someone has to do it or we have to accept that change will not happen.

    I hate having my mailbox stuffed with slick ads that are meaningless and just pollute and waste paper. The question is: Do I hate it enough to fight for something different?
    You're right, campaign literature is the worst. It's full of half-truths and scare tactics designed to motivate people to vote for their issue. I can see how it might also disgust people so much they stay home. During this last election there was a ton of large glossy cardboard that said absolutely nothing of substance. Waste of paper is right. Haven't had any robo-calls since I got rid of my land line, though!

    I applaud those who work for campaign finance reform, but it seems like there is always a way for interested parties to skirt the rules.
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    Quote from nursel56
    You're right, campaign literature is the worst. It's full of half-truths and scare tactics designed to motivate people to vote for their issue. I can see how it might also disgust people so much they stay home. During this last election there was a ton of large glossy cardboard that said absolutely nothing of substance. Waste of paper is right. Haven't had any robo-calls since I got rid of my land line, though!

    I applaud those who work for campaign finance reform, but it seems like there is always a way for interested parties to skirt the rules.
    Unfortunately as long as the campaign tactics work they will continue to be used. It seems like I read that Obama and Romney together spent 2 Billion dollars on the election. Spend a billion dollars to get a $400,000 a year job? Politicians count on duping the ignorant masses to vote for them. Both parties.
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    Quote from Jolie
    If someone is not interested enough in the electoral process to expend the minimum effort necessary to register, why do so for him placing his name on the voter rolls, enabling some fraudulent hack to impersonate him at the polls by showing up to vote without ID?


    Ohhhh! Now I get it
    Several religions prohibit voting, yet their members are still good citizens. I guess that doesn't swing with your ideology, though.
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    Several religions prohibit voting, yet their members are still good citizens. I guess that doesn't swing with your ideology, though.
    Where did I accuse anyone of being a bad citizen? I truly don't get your point. I'm all for the disinterested and uninformed staying out of the electoral process. I am not among those advocating mandatory registration or voting. I AM among those advocating keeing the government out of our religious practices.
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    Quote from Jolie
    Where did I accuse anyone of being a bad citizen? I truly don't get your point. I'm all for the disinterested and uninformed staying out of the electoral process. I am not among those advocating mandatory registration or voting. I AM among those advocating keeing the government out of our religious practices.
    Just because people who have religious convictions that prohibit them from voting doesn't mean they are uninformed.
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