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Californians may be required to vote under new bill

A new bill from a California lawmaker is looking to turn the right to vote into an obligation.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 1:00 PM

CALIFORNIA – A new bill from a California lawmaker is looking to turn the right to vote into an obligation.

Assemblyman Marc Levine proposed bill AB2070. The bill would require anyone who is registered to vote to cast a ballot in every election. The law would be enforced by the Secretary of State.

But, the legislation neglects to suggest any repercussions should you choose not to vote. Levine wrote in part, "California is a national leader on expanding voting rights to its citizens… This is not a time to be complacent at the ballot box," he said in a press release.

Levine said he just wants to encourage voting in California, even if it means forcing people to do it.

“We need to change the culture of voting,” Levine said. “We need to make it something that people expect to do, that they know it’s a civic obligation and with greater turnout, we can have far more positive results.”

However, several people feel this takes away the freedom to have the option to vote or not, with this bill.

“Freedom is a two-sided coin,” Jack Wilkinson said. “You’re free to vote or not to vote. You can’t force people to do something unless you’re controlling the outcome of what they do, which is what this bill will lead to.”

Some countries like Belgium and Australia fine people for not voting. In Bolivia, if people cannot prove they voted, their salary can be withheld at the bank.

To read more about this bill, CLICK HERE.

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