By Ben Kamisar
Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: 'I didn't run for the Senate to run for president again' Sunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval O'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' MORE (R-Fla.) late Wednesday questioned President Obama’s endorsement of mandatory voting.
“Here's the point he refuses to point out or that he misses: Not voting is also a legitimate choice that some people make. I wish more people would participate in politics, too, but that is their choice. That is the choice of living in a free society.”
Obama was speaking in Cleveland on Wednesday, when he brought up the idea during a discussion on enhancing voting rights on the occassion of the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma.
“It would be transformative if everybody voted, that would counteract money more than anything,” Obama said, noting that Australia and other countries have mandatory voting.
“If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country, because the people who tend not to vote are young; they're lower income; they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups; and they're often the folks who are — they're scratching and climbing to get into the middle class.”
Obama went on to accuse “some folks” of trying to keep those groups from voting and said that without mandatory voting, America should try to help expand voting access.