The intent should be obvious: Non-whites vote for Democrats in droves. They also stay away from polling centers in droves.
Obama understands that Republicans win because whites are more likely to vote than most non-whites. By forcing everyone to cast ballots, Republicans will pick up few new votes. Democrats, however, will win virtually every national election.
Obama floated the idea Wednesday, noting that some nations have mandatory voting.
Constitutional experts say forced voting is illegal and, consequently, will never happen.
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Mandatory voting might be a big boon for the Democratic Party, but the idea President Obama floated this week of forcing Americans to show up at the polls and cast ballots is never going to happen, legal experts told FoxNews.com.
Obama made the comment while speaking to a civic group in Cleveland on Wednesday, noting that some countries require citizens to cast ballots in key elections.
"If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country," Obama said, calling it "potentially transformative." Not only that, Obama said, but universal voting would "counteract money more than anything."
But the Constitution guarantees the right not to vote, according to Rutgers School of Law Professor Frank Askin, an expert on election law. He said the right to free speech enjoyed by all Americans extends to making a constitutionally protected statement by not taking part in the election process.
“I don't think you can do it in this country because I don’t think the First Amendment would permit it," said Askin, who did say that automatic voter registration is a possibility. "People have a right to opt out of elections. It's not happening."
Voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was just 37 percent, according to the United States Election Project. Obama noted that universal voting would mean increasing the vote among the younger, poorer, less educated and more racially diverse segments of the population, a development that some experts believe might benefit Obama's Democratic Party.
At least 18 countries -- including Australia, Belgium, Egypt, Mexico and Turkey -- require all eligible citizens to at least show up on election day, according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
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