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Is voting mandatory in the U.S.?

In the U.S., no one is required by law to vote in any local, state, or presidential election.

According to the U.S. Constitution, voting is a right. But it is not a requirement. Many constitutional amendments have been ratified since the first election. However, none of them made voting mandatory for U.S. citizens.

LAST UPDATED: August 18, 2023


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