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Lawmaker pushes legislation for fine if you don't vote

Lawmaker pushes legislation for fine if you don't vote

March 21, 2017 11:57 PM

What if you were fined for not voting in an election? One Assemblywoman is trying to make that a reality.

New York City Democrat Deborah Glick wants to pass a bill that would allow the state to fine people $10 for not voting. The only way you can avoid the penalty is if you have a valid excuse. Speaking with NBC New York, she explained the fine.

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She said, "Well, a modest fee that could -- fine, not a fee, it's a fine if you don't vote -- so you could avoid the fine by voting, and, uh, thought it would be an added inducement for people to think about the fact that voting is really a responsibility of your citizenship."

Collections from this bill would go to improving the election process.

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