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Somin Comments on Mandatory Voting

Various news articles on President Obama’s recent comments on mandatory voting in the United States cite to an opinion piece authored by Professor Ilya Somin.

Writing on the legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy, Somin said, “Just as the case of Switzerland demonstrates that you can have good government with very low turnout levels, Australia shows that you can have a relatively well-governed nation with compulsory voting. But, at the very least, we should not restrict citizens’ liberty unless there is strong reason to believe that doing so will benefit society.”

Somin also discussed the topic on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Joy Cardin Show. Somin joined host Cynthia Schuster and guest William Galston to discuss the pros and cons of mandatory voting.

Americans not happy about Aust voting, Daily Mail, March 19, 2015.

Obama abre un debate sobre si el voto debería ser obligatorio en EEUU, EFE, March 22, 2015.

‘Get thee to the polls’, Maui News, March 22, 2015. 

Big Question: Mandatory Voting In America?, The Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, March 25, 2015.

In our opinion: Obama muses about mandatory voting — but increased, informed voluntary balloting seems best, Deseret News, March 28, 2015.

If you want more voters, pay them to turn out, Chicago Tribune, April 2, 2015. By Stephen L. Carter.