Re: Mandatory Voting
The Electoral College system exists because the individual states fiercely protect their own rights and small states fear their opinion would count for less in a popular vote system.
And there's the issue than comes up every four years.
I live in Texas (which has a large population), so my vote counts less than a vote from North Redneck.
Worse, by assigning all electors to the winner of a state (apart from 2 states, I think it is?), I might as well have not bothered if I had been voting for Clinton.