From here: American democracy is broken. We must demand 2020 candidates commit to a fix Excerpt: I'm not sure that the Gillibrand suggestion will obtain the desired effect. Because the desired effect is (or should be) that more Americans get off their duffs and VOTE! We have one of the worst voting records of any developed economy! (Don't believe that? See here.) The only way to get them off backsides sitting before a TV (where Americans watch TV more hours per week than any other country) is by passing a law saying that they must register to vote, then vote (with blanks, if that is the way they feel). But they must participate in the event, which is key to any Real Governance of the nation. (Instead of bitching in a blog!) By being obliged to vote, it is possible they will pay more attention to politics - apart from every two or four-years. Many are so put-off with voting that they stay intentionally home (and blog their anger at both parties) ... !