President Obama was not calling for a law when he floated the idea of mandatory voting, the White House said Thursday.
“The president was not making a specific policy prescription for the United States,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
Earnest noted Obama’s comments were in response to a question about the negative impact of money in politics. The president spoke “about a variety of ways this challenge could be confronted,” including a constitutional amendment that would counteract the Supreme Court's Citizens United campaign finance ruling.
The president also said that people who typically do not vote come from low-income or minority communities.
“There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls. We should want to get them into the polls,” Obama said.