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A proposal to solve the turnout problem: require voting

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Both major political parties have gotten good in recent years at playing the "turnout game"... get your supporters to the polls, in the hope of ensuring victory. But what if turnout was not an issue, if nearly all voters showed up to the polls?

That is what E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport propose: mandatory voting, just like Australia has been doing for years.

The last major election there got more than 90% turnout, while it's an accomplishment to get to 60% here.

Dionne and Rapoport lay out the case in their book 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting. E.J. Dionne visits with highlights.

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