“Californians who register to vote would be required to cast ballots under new bill”; Good or Bad Idea, I Believe It is Constitutional

John Myers reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Whether or not one agrees with mandatory voting as policy, I do not believe it violates the First Amendment’s right to free speech, as the article suggests opponents imply.

A mandatory voting law does not require voting; one need only show up at the polls and can cast a blank ballot.

I explain all of this in a 1996 Penn Law Review article, Voting without Law?

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