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Old 05-08-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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I like the mandatory system in Australia even though a mandatory voting system seems kind of non democratic, but it also works because I believe candidates have to put budget to their campaigns and stick to it before voting occurs. I also like their proportional representation so that the actual wishes of people are more fairly represented. I also like that there you can rank candidates.

With that said, I am not sure that would work/be desirable in the US.

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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Its not that serious... people move and forget to update their info all the time.
There is a big difference between 'forgetting' and not knowing the basics of how this country works, a really big difference.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:09 PM
 
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Why do any of you bother to vote for these fools? I rarely take time out of my day to go vote. I did in 2008 cause of the mess GWB created - this country couldn't survive another 4 yrs of a R president. Of course, I also voted for GWB in 2000, so a lot of good my vote did then too. Wish I had stayed home that day. Since I voted for him, I have a lot of blood on my hands just like some of you.

When they make voting on a saturday or make it a national holiday, then I may change my mind. In the year 2012, can't we vote on the internet?

There's a reason they make voting so complicated - they don't want educated, working people to vote.

It's a shame something like amendment 1 was on a may primary ballot. Gee, wonder if that's a coincidence now that reps are in charge of this state?
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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you can download form here:
voter registration application

but it's too late for today.
Voter registration should be made easier, even automatic, but there is a certain political party who has a vested interest in low turnout.

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Old 05-08-2012, 10:14 PM
 
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I snagged that pic!
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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No they don't (makes me so furious) and that's part of the problem in America.
Really? They still teach it in Missouri high schools, its a required class to graduate. Is there a reason why they don't in North Carolina?
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:36 PM
 
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Really? They still teach it in Missouri high schools, its a required class to graduate. Is there a reason why they don't in North Carolina?
It's been marginalized so much that kids only get a bit of it in American History classes these days. Not sure why. My guess would be to make room for other classes in the day. I think it's a terrible mistake not to offer it as a class all by itself.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:53 PM
 
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It's been marginalized so much that kids only get a bit of it in American History classes these days. Not sure why. My guess would be to make room for other classes in the day. I think it's a terrible mistake not to offer it as a class all by itself.
Civics and Economics is still a required course according to the Standard Curriculum of the State of North Carolina. I believe it is taken in the 10th grade. Students can still and are encouraged to register to vote at their high schools during senior year.

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curr...quirements.pdf
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:04 PM
 
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Civics and Economics is still a required course according to the Standard Curriculum of the State of North Carolina. I believe it is taken in the 10th grade. Students can still and are encouraged to register to vote at their high schools during senior year.

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curr...quirements.pdf
Love that colorful chart!

All I know is kids are graduating without this class. I believe they are allowed to substitute other things for it.

One of my kids had "economics" alone with a slight nod during the course to "civics". Maybe some of the teachers here can chime in and tell us why?
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:18 PM
 
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Love that colorful chart!

All I know is kids are graduating without this class. I believe they are allowed to substitute other things for it.

One of my kids had "economics" alone with a slight nod during the course to "civics". Maybe some of the teachers here can chime in and tell us why?
Interesting. That said, my civics course at a decent public high school in Fayetteville in the mid-90s was pretty much of a joke. (For some reason, the football coaches all taught the social science and history courses). I imagine things aren't much different now.

But I think its really a matter of there being a lot more disillusioned parents who don't vote themselves and never pass on the duty to their kids. My folks voted in every election down to the local dogcatcher primaries.
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