Proposed bill requires Americans to vote in elections or face penalty
Democratic US Representative John Larson (CT-1) has introduced a bill that would require all eligible, registered voters to vote in general elections or face a twenty dollar fine. The Civic Duty to Vote Act lists numerous exceptions to the potential law, including for citizens who are not registered, cannot vote for religious reasons, or were not aware that they were registered to vote. The bill also contains options to waive the twenty dollar fine due to financial or physical hardships. No criminal investigations of any citizen would be authorized to be opened because of failure to pay.