More Voters, More Ignorance?

Civics tests, "deliberation days" and other ideas to bring more-informed voters to the polls.

The ballot's over your head.

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My column last week criticizing President Barack Obama’s suggestion that the U.S. consider mandatory voting has provoked a considerable response. I proposed that, if we really think raising voter turnout is important, we abandon coercion and offer a cash incentive instead.

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