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Shadow1980 said:
gergroy said:

I sure hope you are right.  The way 2016 went down still has me nervous though.  I would be so happy to not have to hear about Betsy devos education plans anymore... easily the worst government official we have ever had...

I understand your concern. I'm still worried myself that the Trump administration may try to find some way to subvert the results of the election should he lose. And looking at the numbers, the odds of him winning fairly are negligible. He's incredibly unpopular, and presidents with net negative approval ratings never win re-election. Also, Biden has been polling far better than Hillary, being at or above 50% in several key states that Hillary lost in 2016.

2020 isn't 2016, and Biden isn't Hillary. We have an incompetent, egomaniacal, and deeply unpopular man-child as president. The abstract of a possible Trump presidency in 2016 is much different than actually seeing what it's like living under the Trump presidency. We have a more likable Democratic candidate this time around, and he's running against the actual reality of the Trump presidency. Trump won by the skin of his teeth in 2016. Even a modest shift towards the Democrats will net Biden a win, and it's looking like a pretty big shift will happen.

It's not just the trump administration that's a worry. He may be incredibly unpopular in terms of pure numbers, but those that do like him, REALLY like him. The threat of domestic terrorism from hardcore trump supporters should definitely be a concern too.



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An interesting little tidbit.



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PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch: 2019 vs. 2020
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ERB made again a Rap Battle between the two presidential candidates. And this one is certainly much better than the one from 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkGK7bitav0



Hi, European user here. I don't understand all that much about American elections, but from what I've heard you need to register first to vote, and the number of people who actually vote is quite low. I've seen a lot of American celebrities almost begging people to register for voting.

I was wondering, is there any desire or discussion among Americans to make voting mandatory, or at least to get rid of the registration? It just seems to discourage people from actually taking the effort to vote.



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Flilix said:
Hi, European user here. I don't understand all that much about American elections, but from what I've heard you need to register first to vote, and the number of people who actually vote is quite low. I've seen a lot of American celebrities almost begging people to register for voting.

I was wondering, is there any desire or discussion among Americans to make voting mandatory, or at least to get rid of the registration? It just seems to discourage people from actually taking the effort to vote.

Definitely talk about making registration automatic for anyone with a social security card. I think Hillary Clinton was proposing that before the 2016 election.

The issue is you have one party who knows they don't win the popular vote, so they do everything they can to make things a bit more difficult as they know that'll disproportionately affect demographics that aren't as likely to vote for them. Like this year you have republican governors restricting ballot drop boxes to one per county. That fucks over urban counties with much higher populations far more than it does rural counties with lower populations. 



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Torillian said:
Flilix said:
Hi, European user here. I don't understand all that much about American elections, but from what I've heard you need to register first to vote, and the number of people who actually vote is quite low. I've seen a lot of American celebrities almost begging people to register for voting.

I was wondering, is there any desire or discussion among Americans to make voting mandatory, or at least to get rid of the registration? It just seems to discourage people from actually taking the effort to vote.

Definitely talk about making registration automatic for anyone with a social security card. I think Hillary Clinton was proposing that before the 2016 election.

The issue is you have one party who knows they don't win the popular vote, so they do everything they can to make things a bit more difficult as they know that'll disproportionately affect demographics that aren't as likely to vote for them. Like this year you have republican governors restricting ballot drop boxes to one per county. That fucks over urban counties with much higher populations far more than it does rural counties with lower populations. 

Well, there's hope the GOP is growing weaker and weaker now. Their membership numbers have dropped a lot over the last decades and now have a third less members compared to the democratic party (32M to 45M), even less than registered independent voters (33M). By comparison both parties were at around 55M members each in 2000, with a slight advantage to the democrats.

This will soon become untenable even with these voter elimination tactics, and so they'll have to change course sometime soon unless they want to fade and get replaced by another party like the Whigs did before them.



Trump has always been Trump, but I can't get over how rabid and fanatical his base has become. Listen to the crowd of American citizens; they are frothing at the mouth to lock up literally anyone they disagree with. It's unhinged. This has to end.

I can only hope this is the dying scream of an ending era in American politics, but I really do worry about the violence that could erupt if they don't get their way.



Mandatory voting would make the South bluer but the Midwest redder. I'm not sure it would be worth it even if Democrats are sure GA and TX are now leaning blue with high turnout across the board, taking into account how the Senate is composed.



 

 

 

 

 

haxxiy said:

Mandatory voting would make the South bluer but the Midwest redder. I'm not sure it would be worth it even if Democrats are sure GA and TX are now leaning blue with high turnout across the board, taking into account how the Senate is composed.

Not to mention the fact that most of the people that do vote now barely have any idea what they are voting for.  If you take all those people that don’t bother voting and make them vote... they would know even less most of the time...

I’m not a fan of saying who should or shouldn’t vote, but it does annoy me when people vote for stuff they know nothing about.  At least do a minimum amount of research and not just pull the trigger because there is a republican or Democrat next to the name...