Governing: Voting is not mandatory in the United States, as it is in Australia. But does that mean that American citizens who have the right to vote in elections also have the right not to vote?
It’s a question that was raised in Ohio when the state stripped Larry Harmon, a Navy veteran, from its voting rolls. “I earned the right to vote,” Harmon, who was kicked off the rolls in 2015 after he failed to vote in three prior elections, told NPR. “Whether I use it or not is up to my personal discretion. They don’t take away my right to buy a gun if I don’t buy a gun.”