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The Case for Mandatory Voting in Canada - Since the turn of the twenty first century, in Canada voter turnout has made a significant and consecutive decline. In the last five federal elections on average only sixty-one per cent of eligible voters voted. If each eligible citizen voted in an election the government would be on par with the primary interests of the people. The easiest way to achieve this objective is by implementing a compulsory voting system. Mandatory voting systems are appealing because all citizens are affected by decisions made by the government, so it makes sense to have all those affected apart of the election process....   [tags: Canada Needs Compulsory Voting]
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Implementing Compulsory Voting in Canada - A compulsory voting system similar to the one used in Australia is not a system Canada should implement. Compulsory voting in the context of a democratic society can be a misleading term (Lever, 2010). Canada practices the secret ballot process in voting, and so it is impossible to verify if someone has cast a legally valid ballot. If countries have a singular goal of simply increasing voter turnout, compulsory voting could remedy this problem and it should be more accurately defined as being compulsory voter turnout (Lever, 2010)....   [tags: voting system, democracy, turnout, legitimacy]
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Proportional Representation Voting Should Be Enforced in Democratic States - The concept of representation in a political state that embraces a democratic system is determined by its capability to include a plurality of views when creating legislation. Election systems in a democratic government should, thus, aid and enforce the proportional representation of most politically active members of the state. As depicted by the International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (IDEA), “The purpose of an election is to translate the freely expressed political will of the people into a workable representative institution […] a government (i) must accurately represent the population and (ii) must be able to govern effectively.”(IDEA) These premises of a democrati...   [tags: Proportional Representation, Voting, Democracy, US] 903 words
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The Hazards of E-voting - The Hazards of E-voting A democracy can only be effective when it runs efficiently, when the will of the people is transmitted through the corridors of power. It can only hit its zenith if the most important function of democracy, voting, is carried out flawlessly. Although flawlessness has never been achieved, men have certainly tried to keep the voting system as efficient as possible, with the least possible amounts of votes being lost or mis-counted. Human error is of course, uncontrollable....   [tags: Democracy Voting Internet Essays]
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Voting Research Study - This research is targeting the population which are citizens eligible to vote, in this case above the age of 18. There are a mix of Qualitative and quantitative research. About 8 focus groups of sizes Between 6-8 will be conducted at the electoral commission. A couple Of depth interviews will be conducted. The profile of these participants Are citizens eligible to vote. They are picked at random. These research Methods provide a rich insight to the research problem. On the other hand, quantitative research is as important as qualitative research....   [tags: Voting Research Study Australia] 1666 words
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New Age Voting - New Age Voting The government of the United States of America is founded upon the Constitution, written by our forefathers to create a working democracy incapable of transforming into a monarchy. Basic human rights were established, and power, although little, was given to each individual. The power given to the people can also be referred to as a voice, and in the election system we use, we call this voice a vote. This country fought for and gained its independence from injustices placed upon our ancestors’ lives....   [tags: Voting Government Essays]
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Does Nonvoting Hurt Democracy? - Does Nonvoting Hurt Democracy. Should we have the freedom to chose weather we vote or not. Currently the United States allows citizens not to vote, but some believe that this makes our politics undemocratic. Some think forcing people to vote is against the freedoms we have today. In the following essay, I will give the views of Arend Lijphart and Austin Ranney about these topics. Austin Ranney does not dread that low voting is hurting American democracy. Arend Lijphart believes that democracy is meaningless without voting....   [tags: Voting] 648 words
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Voting In America - Voting in America In every election votes are lost or miscounted because of voting errors, machine errors, voting devices stop working, the voting machines calculate a wrong number for a specific candidate, and poll workers misplace cartridges that have tallied up the numbers from the voting machines. We the people hold the right to vote, but with today's voting system; America does not always get the actual winner in office due to flaws in the system. In our country The United States of America, the people have the power of deciding who is voted into office....   [tags: Politics Government Electoral System] 1827 words
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Obstacles to Voting - ... Three things we can do as a nation, to protect and promote voting rights in this country are getting involved in groups that are trying to help protect the law, another way to protect voting rights would be to start your own group, or to, read different parts of the constitution and see if the voting polls are doing the right thing and if they are not tell someone of high authority like the mayor. The first thing we can do as a nation or individual is get into a group that has already started helping protect and promote voting rights somewhere near you....   [tags: discrimination, rights, minorities] 541 words
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Voting in America - Voting has not always been as easy as it is today. It is interesting to examine how far America has progressed in its process of allowing different types of people to be able to vote. Voting was once aimed at a particular group of people, which were white males that owned their own property. Today, most people over the age of eighteen can vote, except for the mentally incompetent or people who have been convicted of major felonies in some states. The decline of voter participation has always been a debate in the public arena....   [tags: Political Science]
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Selecting a Political Party - There is one right given to americans that seems to stand for all of the rights and that is voting. The right of voting is the right given to all Americans who are at least eighteen years old. Voting is the foundation in which Americans can gain more rights. For most being American and voting is a big deal. Most will say it’s our constitutional right. Voting is knowing that the person or people that one decides to choose represents him or her. The people who are voted into a office will ultimately be making governmental decisions for Americans....   [tags: Voting]
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Lowering the Voting Age to 18 - Many people opposed the change of voting age, but others believed that it should be lowered. People who think that the voting age should stay the same usually are the conservative people who want to keep the old customs as they are. People who are conservative are usually cautious about changes, and usually want to stay put without improvement. The people who want changes are usually more liberal. These people leave place for improvements, but sometimes vote for the change of things that are not supposed to be changed....   [tags: The 26th Amendment]
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The Importance of Voting in America - Many people think of the 206 million eligible voters in the United States and think, “How could one vote possibly make a difference?” Or perhaps some find themselves too busy, while other non-voters are simply uninterested in politics. With a combination of all excuses, about 75 million people that were eligible to vote in the 2008 presidential election chose not to. That’s 75 million unheard voices. 75 million unrepresented individuals make up approximately 36% of all eligible voters. That number of people could easily change the outcome of an election....   [tags: unheard voices, rigths]
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Voting Participation in the United States - Among the many ways Americans can participate in politics, voting is considered one of the most common and important ways for Americans to get involved. The outcome of any election, especially at the national level, determines who will be making and enforcing the laws that all Americans must abide by. With this in mind one might assume that all Americans are active voters, but studies show the voter turnout is actually astonishingly low. With this unsettling trend it is important to know what statistics say about voter turnout as was as the four major factors that influence participation: Socioeconomic status, education, political environment, and state electoral laws, in order to help boost...   [tags: Influences, Low Rates, Elections]
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Plurality Voting System in Canada - The current plurality voting system in Canada is regularly attacked for unfairly representing the popular vote and giving some parties a disproportionate amount of legislative power while leaving others with none. Opponents contend that other electoral systems would be far superior and provide a better democracy. Proportional representation (PR) is usually cited as the best alternative; the debate of proportional representation versus plurality often hinges on the balance between fairness and efficiency....   [tags: Canadian Government]
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Voting Patterns Throughout The World - A common experience in most developing countries is the struggle and blood shed the countries have been through to install a multi party system as a way of democracy. One-party-dominance that previously was the electoral practice in most developing countries led to traumatic events authoritarianism. In India, the one-party dominance system has remained vibrant since they have found ways to incorporate liberal democracy. (Speiss, 2009, p5) Voting pattern and behavior in Kenya is along the ethnic and economic divide; the voters believe that the ethnic group that clinches the electoral post is the ethnic group that would be in power and control....   [tags: Political Science]
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Voting Rights Act of 1965 - The history of “gerrymandering” started during the term of Elbridge Gerry, the Governor of Massachusetts, when he approved an obscure redistricting plan ahead of the 1812 elections that helped Republicans hold on to power in the legislature. One of the redistricted districts that primarily consisted of a one party defendant was shaped as a salamander, which later gave rise to this political term (Keck, 2010). The term relates to the drawing of the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one party an unfair advantage over its rivals, which gives rise to the disproportionate representation of Democratic and Republican parties (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2013)....   [tags: republicans, elections, gerrymandering]
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The Importance of Voting - The Importance of Voting In the 1988 presidential election between George Bush and Michael Dukakis, 91,602,291 American people showed up to vote. Now that seems like a lot of people, but what you don't realize is the 91,050,000 registered voters did not vote in that election. This 50.15% voter turnout was the lowest in sixty-four years, falling nearly 20% short of voter turnout in most all other industrialized countries. Many people argue that this low turnout is due to voter's lack of concern....   [tags: Papers] 589 words
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The Importance of Voting - The Importance of Voting If you were to ask me a few years ago why voting was important, I wouldn't really have the proper grasp as to why you should. A few years ago, what was on television that night was important to me, American politics were only the video clips that my father watched on the news before I was able to take over with MTV and vegetate mindlessly. Politics was a very foreign concept to me; I always saw it as a very complicated issue. Perhaps due to the fact that whenever a child asked an adult, "What is the difference between a Democrat and a Communist?" They would give some round about response totally evading the actual answer, only so they could be politically correct...   [tags: Papers] 449 words
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Compulsory Voting - Industrial Countries all over the world have seen a steady decline in voter participation; Great Britain is a great example of this. The country has witness turnout in elections falling slowly as time pass. However, the election of 2001 dropped the country from their average of 76% voter turnout to just a 59.4% turnout. Comparatively, Australia, a former colony of Britain, has enjoyed high and steady voter participation since 1924 because of the implementation of compulsory voting. This system has proven to be not only effective in bring voters to the polls, but also effective in improving Australia’s democracy....   [tags: International Government ]
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The Responsibility of Voting - The Responsibility of Voting Living in America gives each individual freedom. The freedom is yours to express your own opinion and to vote. Whether or not we choose to exercise these rights is the decision that every American citizen makes. Participating in our government is the single most important power that we as Americans have. Whether it is to elect officials or to amend a law, voting is not only a necessity, but a responsibility. In the 1996 and the 1998 presidential election, the voting turnout was below 50%....   [tags: Vote Democracy Elections Essays Argumentative] 1104 words
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Voting Systems - Voting systems all around the world serve more functions than to only elect representatives for the people. Elections create a sense of a democratic environment inside a country; they give accountability and legitimacy to the government in power, assuming it is the people’s voice that is being heard. In a world where most countries enjoy democratic governments and freedom and equality are encouraged, Canada’s current voting system is a nothing but disrespectful to these democratic values. Like in many post-colonial countries, the legacy of imperial regimes has made its way to the modern political system in Canada, still attacking central democratic principles ....   [tags: International Politics ]
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The Importance of Voting - In their matching rocking chairs, my grandparents squint at the small print on their voter's ballots as they carefully mark their choices. Across the table from Grandpa, I eat a ham sandwich and listen to stories of battle that were his reality, but to me are scenes from an unrealistic black and white movie. Over an evening of dominos, I listen to their passionate discussion of the recent initiatives and issues facing our government. To Grandpa and Grandma, democracy and freedom are not simply ideals; they are vital principles that they have personally sacrificed to uphold....   [tags: What is Politics?] 759 words
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Southern Voting Barriers - The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed saying that every man would have the right to vote regardless of their race. It was meant to give the right to vote to the African American citizens. Even after this was passed however, states in the South were still able to find ways to keep African Americans from voting. It was easy to still deny their right to vote because the amendment only says that laws cannot be made making race a requirement for voting. The most effective barriers created by the South to prevent African Americans from voting were grandfather clauses, poll taxes, and white-only primaries because they were legal and therefore did not directly keep a c...   [tags: Civil Rights]
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Voting History In The United States of America - Throughout American history, many minority groups have encountered significant barriers to the right to vote. Traditionally, specific populations concerned with protecting their power over others have maintained tight control over this privilege. In doing so, violations of basic human rights have occurred; state and federal governments established voting restrictions based on race. Fortunately, several methods were taken for overcoming these limitations that resulted in the voting practices used today....   [tags: Government]
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Canada's Voting System - In Canada’s democratic government, voting is a powerful way for citizens to communicate their values. The leader who is chosen reflects the power of the Canadians’ values. Thus, to the government, every vote matters, assuring Canadians that their opinions matter. Today, Canada recognizes voting as a fundamental right for all of their citizens. The Canadian Charter of Rights effectively protects this right of all Canadians, even minorities, through section 3. “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or a large legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein”....   [tags: Politics ] 1380 words
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Voting in our Two Party System - Since its inception the United States has operated as constitutional democracy. The authority granted to the government is decreed by the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees, but also needs the political participation of all eligible citizens. Free elections and voting are vital parts of our political structure, and are among our most cherished rights. Our nation is bi-partisan, meaning two parties hold all of the political power, so that begs the question; are these elections really free. These two parties have changed names and ideologies over time, but elections, especially presidential, have always been focused on these two groups....   [tags: United States. Constitutional Democracy]
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Problems with Voting - Why Voting is never Completely Accurate!. Statement of the Problem There are several problems when it comes to elections. One of the problems is whether the candidates played fairly throughout the election. Another problem is whether the votes that are being cast are being counted correctly or even being counted at all. The main reason this topic has become such an important issue is because of the last two elections. The first election had a problem in the state of Florida, and the 2004 elections had problems in the state of Ohio....   [tags: essays research papers] 1311 words
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Voting in Society - Voting in Society What classifies us as being American citizens. Why is there an America. Why is America admired throughout the world. In all these answers one would tell you democracy. As a global society America is the eager teenager protesting their new thought democracy. Democracy, a principle that has created enemies and friends, war and even model governments all over the world. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary the definition of democracy is a government by the people; the people hold rule of majority a government in witch a supreme power, or in simpler terms majority rules....   [tags: Free Essays] 428 words
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The Problems with Voting in America - The Problems with Voting in America If one were to look at the voting history as of late in America you would surely find information on the Florida catastrophe in 2000. The problem with our voting system today is in the technology being used; many demographic groups find our current systems confusing and hard to use. As voters step into the polling places this election year many will be voting through new devices some even sporting “touch screen” technology and we can only hope that the new technology is understood and accepted....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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The Importance of Class to Voting Behavior - The Importance of Class to Voting Behavior One of the main factors for voting behaviour is class but how important is it. Conventionally. Class is seen in the terms of occupation. Those who are in manual jobs are placed in the 'Working Class' and are expected to vote fro the labour party. Whilst those in non-manual jobs are to be found in the 'Middle Class' and are expected to vote for the Conservatives. The majority of people belong to the working class sector and therefore ideally if class was the most important factor then Labour would when every single election....   [tags: Papers] 949 words
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Voting in National Elections Should be Compulsory Not Optional - It was in 1928 that universal suffrage had been granted in the United Kingdom. Prior to that time, people fought to have the right to vote so their opinions could be voiced, yet now we have that right, voting does not seem so significant. Before deciding whether voting should be compulsory or optional, understanding what exactly is meant by the term ‘compulsory voting’ is essential. It is also important to educate the general public more about politics so they can make an informed decision if and when they do choose to vote....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive, government]
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Online Voting and the Digital Divide -    Abstract:  More and more Americans are tapping into the Internet in their search for convenience and expedience.  One service that offers both of these values, and more, is online voting.  However, it is not as simple as point and click.  Studies show an inequality in the ability to access the Internet across socioeconomic class and race.  This Digital Divide is a major concern in the development of an online voting system, and authors of this new technology must take care not to let these existing inequalities compromise democracy.  This paper takes an in-depth look at these challenging issues, and concludes with some suggestions to solve them....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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Voting - Voting Voting is when a group of people makes a decision on a subject that concerns them as a whole. In many countries, people vote to choose their leaders and to decide public issues. People also vote to make decisions in such groups as juries, labor unions, corporations, and social clubs. There are many different ways of voting and counting votes. No single voting method is either universally applicable or the best overall. Some major voting methods are majority rules, plurality wins, elimination and runoffs, sequential pairwise comparisons, various weighted or scoring schemes, approval voting, and a host of various other partitioning schemes that choose successively between subsets of p...   [tags: Politics Political] 435 words
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Voting Behavior in the United Kingdom - Voting Behavior in the United Kingdom When voting, people are usually going to vote for their own personal well-being. Although voters may agree that there should be improved services for everyone, when it comes to voting, it is likely they will vote for what is best for them personally I.e. lower tax. This is known as issue voting. E.g. whether a candidate will support a ban on fox hunting. It is agreed that issues do have an effect on voting but the significance of an issue in contributing to electoral swing depends on three factors....   [tags: Papers] 1043 words
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Voting is a Waste of Time and Effort - Voting is a Waste of Time and Effort Intro All of us here will have the chance to exercise their vote in the not to distant future - 3 or 4 years. However will you choose to do that. Will you bother to spend 2 minutes of your day to write a single x on a form. Or perhaps you'll remain at home and just leave it to others. History We look at ourselves today and think we are a mature, cultured democracy. We pride ourselves on equal rights, women having the opportunity to do any job they fancy, great benefits - free education, health care etc....   [tags: Papers] 458 words
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Voting - Voting Are you a registered voter. You might expect a high rate of voting in the United States. A lot of people – women, African Americans, and the poor – fought for the right to vote; certainly their descendents would want to exercise their right to vote. I want to discuss with you today the importance of voting. There are three important aspects of voting. The first aspect is the group of people that fail to vote, the second is why there is such a low turnout, and finally is the voters’ attitude....   [tags: essays research papers] 897 words
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The Privilege and Responsibility of Voting - The Privilege and Responsibility of Voting A man was sitting at home. It happened to be an Election Day. He sat watching TV as a public commercial came on. The woman on the commercial said, "Vote. Take the opportunity to use the gift our country gave us. The man said, "I don't need to vote. My man will win." Sadly his man did not win, they had to draw straws because it was a tie. If he had voted, his man would have won. My position is that voting shapes our world. First, the politicians need us to vote so they can be put in office....   [tags: Papers] 349 words
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Assembly Ministers in the Voting Chamber - Assembly Ministers in the Voting Chamber Assembly Ministers (AM) in the voting chamber use touch screen consoles to communicate. If an AM requires further information, they have access to a researcher who can send electronic information rapidly. An individual pass card activates the site and switches the machines on. The voting chamber is a paperless establishment, by entering an activating codeword, all information can be seen on the system. Electronic voting as used in the Welsh Assembly is easier to track than a hand count such as used in the House of Commons....   [tags: Papers, informative] 315 words
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Cryptographic Protocols for Electronic Voting - Cryptographic Protocols for Electronic Voting After some preliminary research into the subject of electronic voting [BARL2003], it became apparent that there may be reason to mistrust current electronic voting systems. Further, as I studied a variety of voting systems, I realized I had little confidence that any of them (even paper ballots) would be guaranteed to produce a perfectly accurate tally. In my previous paper [BARL2003], I suggested the following definition: "An accurate voting system counts all valid votes with minimal processing error such that the intent of eligible voters is reflected in the final tally." I believe it is important for a voting system to (a) minimize error,...   [tags: Technology Electronics Essays]
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Voting Rates of the American Poor - In The Working Poor, David Shipler reports that in the 2000 presidential election only 38 percent of Americans with incomes less than $10,000 voted compared to 75 percent of those with incomes over $75,000. (278) These sorts of statistics are not limited to 2000. In the six elections from 1980 to 2000, the average voter turnout of people in the bottom fifth of the income quintiles was 53 percent, while the top fifth averaged over 80 percent (“Election Results”). For the bottom fifth, the average household income was under $11,500 during each election year....   [tags: Politics]
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Voting Requirements in the Economic Arena - Voting Requirements in the Economic Arena Status as an adult citizen in a political jurisdiction is seen as a sufficient condition to entitle one to a vote for a representative or participate in collective decision-making. Why not apply that same criterion and entitle adult citizens to voting rights to decide the composition of corporate boards of directors and decide other corporate matters. If mere adult status and citizenship is sufficient for decision-making in the political arena, why not in the economic arena as well....   [tags: Political Economic Business Essays] 894 words
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Voting by Ethnic Minorities in Britain - Voting by Ethnic Minorities in Britain The ethnic minorities in Britain are composed of many different people of different ethnic origins. Stereotypically, most people consider the ethnic minorities to either be Black or Asian and alienating these two groups from the rest of the society that makes up the ethnic minorities. The many other people, who could fall into this category, are people such as the Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Jewish, Gypsies, Asylum Seekers and also those who are part of the European Union Enlargement and are legally entitled to work in the UK....   [tags: Papers] 1733 words
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A Day at the Voting Booth - On June third two-thousand-three, I worked the election. My day started when my alarm went off at four-thirty a.m. I knew I was going to have a boring, yet exciting experience. My mother and I were both working at the same election station in the same department for transportation purposes. We arrived at five forty five a.m. Our location was 150 North Nellis Boulevard at Fire Station number sixteen. We had an hour to set up before the polls opened, at seven a.m. There were two voting booths and two different precincts....   [tags: Personal Essays] 421 words
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Relevancy of the Voting Rights Act in Modern Times - Ratified in 1868, the fourteenth amendment guarantees equal protection of all persons under the law. In the 1960’s though, African Americans were still being discriminated against because of the color of their skin. After the broadcast of 600 peaceful African Americans being attacked and beaten after attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, President Lynden Johnson decided it was time to create some legislation to prevent incidences such as this from happening in the future....   [tags: Voter Rights ]
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Bullies At The Voting Both - "Bullies at the Voting Booth" Voting is the most widespread form of active political participation among Americans, yet voter turnout is significantly lower n the United States than in many democratic nations. Many analysts have varying opinions as to why this is, and in an article written just before the presidential elections in 2004 discusses several tactics that supporters of the republican party used in order to allegedly discriminate against certain voters in swing states that could be decided either democrat or republican come election day....   [tags: Political Science Politics] 912 words
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Disenfranchisement: Voting is a Privelege that we Must Not Take for Granted - Since the establishment of our great country, Americans utilized the ballot box as a freedom of expression. Voting is a basic right that many of us take for granted, some even viewing it as a “God given right.” As citizens, we expect the right to vote. Many oblivious to the fact that voting is a privilege that can be revoked. The process, commonly referred to as disenfranchisement, is the principle reason for my summary. Today more than ever, one of America's post-election concerns is voter turnout....   [tags: politics, government, vote]
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Participation in the Voting Process - In November, my grandfather became the first member of our family to vote in the United States. For me, this was a glimpse into a life of freedom and opportunity I was lucky to now be a part of. My family and I came to America six years ago from a country of hate and discrimination, where citizenship and voting were privileges reserved for the select few. My grandparents lived in Latvia most of their lives, and so did my parents. Yet they would never be citizens, for they were members, or relatives of members, of the Soviet Army, the occupants who invaded Latvia during World War II in their unasked-for attempt to destroy the Nazis....   [tags: What is Politics?] 1014 words
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Voting Rights for African Americans - A Vote for a Better Future Black Americans of today need to register to vote and make use of their voting rights if they want to see a change to the current state of democracy. In the contemporary world of today Americans are said to be living in the most equal nation, one where its citizens are entitled to a variety of inalienable rights, one in particular being the right to vote. However this was not always the case. From the times of the late Malcolm X, we have not made much progress in our voting affairs....   [tags: essays research papers] 1881 words
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Non-citizen Residents Should Have Voting Rights - The right to vote for non-citizens has become an increasingly controversial topic due to the strong and often divisive opinions of permanent Canadian residents. The capacity to vote is one of the most important and valued freedoms granted to individuals. Although the acceptance of non-citizen resident voting is frequently encouraged in order to propel self-governing justice and immigrant inclusion, opponents claim that it is in a nation’s best interest to delay voting rights to non-citizens. According to this claim, by preserving voting rights to citizens, non-citizens would have the social responsibility to actively learn the essential community services and self-ruled obligations necessary...   [tags: politics, canadian residents, vote]
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Poverty and Voting in America - Review of the Literature: For my topic of research, the dynamics of poverty and voting in America, I used a vast number of sources in an attempt to produce the most accurate and broad discussion possible. The sources I believe to be the most reliable were: 1) the scholarly works (Friedman; Raskin), which were purely scientific and did not include political biases, but rather examined the facts from as neutral a point of view as possible; 2) the government reports (DeNavas-Walt; Dept. of Commerce; Dept....   [tags: American United States Politics]
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The Legal Voting Age Debate - The Legal Voting Age Debate The legal age of voting currently stands at eighteen. This is an age, which has previously been lowered from twenty-one due to a statute reform. There are many reasons for the reform of a statute, one being the attitude changes that are presented over time, making the laws, or statutes become outdated. This was indeed the case when women were given the vote. It had previously been assumed that a woman's vote would be controlled by a man, if unmarried her father, if married then her husband....   [tags: Politics, Policies, Argumentative] 324 words
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Mass Media and Its Influence on Individuals' Voting Decisions - Introduction Malaysia recently underwent its 13th General Election since achieving Independence a little over 56 years ago. This election that was held on the 5th of May of this year broke a record when it managed to accomplish the highest percentage of voters’ turnout at 85%. From the 13.26 million of registered voters for the 222 Parliamentary seats, 11.25 millions of voters turn up to cast their votes; meanwhile for State Legislative Assemblies, a whooping amount of 9.74 millions of citizens voted from the 11.35 millions registered voters....   [tags: Malaysian Politics, Holding Companies]
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America Needs Voting Reform - Being able to cast my first vote in the 21st century is a privilege. My generation needs to accept their patriotic responsibility and vote because many reforms are needed in order to carry us into the new millennium. Voting reforms are necessary to inspire political participation for other modifications and adjustments needed in areas such as health care, education, and Social Security, all which we as young people will face in the future. Participation in elections is necessary to facilitate and enable progress, but our present day system of voting is expiring by frustrated Americans....   [tags: Politics Political Essays] 836 words
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Voting Age in Canada - Voting Age in Canada The young as well as the older people of Canada seem to be in a deadlock. The question of if the federal government should or should not lower the voting age is a question debated surely around the dinner tables of families in Canada, as well as in the ranks of the government. Some people even suggest that the age needs to be raised. What would make people want the voting age to be lowered to an even lower age than the young adult age of 18. On the other hand how can the youth of Canada who have their own individual views be able to make a difference without being able to vote....   [tags: Papers] 1821 words
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America Needs Online Voting -      On Election Night November 7, 2000, I viewed first hand the election process over the various news broadcasts. To my surprise, events unfolded like none other in recent history. Elections were called prematurely by competing news stations, concessions were given and then revoked, celebration bottles were chilled on the left and right, but corks never flew. These events caused us to question the reliability of our current system of paper ballot voting. Realizing our current system is outdated and vulnerable to multiple problems we should assume futuristic issues of online voting as a responsible and logical innovation....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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Voting Rights In America - Voting Rights in America The United States of America has come a long way from the original 13 colonies. They started out as a colony governed by a Monarch from England, switched to a republic at the start of the revolution and today we still have that republic base in our democracy. Although the way how the government hasn’t changed much, the way how we vote does. At first only the rich and powerful were able to vote, but in present day America, any legal US resident of age not in prison can vote....   [tags: United States US History Vote] 1347 words
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Provisional Voting - Part I: Current Social Issues One social issue in my community that concerns me is that of provisional voting, which is proving to be an issue in many communities. The requirement that all states make provisional voting available was passed down by congress. Unfortunately, no guidelines were included with this requirement, and therefore the decisions on which provisional votes are counted and which ones are not differ not only from state to state but from county to county. As a result, provisional voting is beneficial to some and not to others....   [tags: essays research papers] 2726 words
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Electronic Voting - Electronic Voting Gunmen on the grassy knoll, AIDS, landing on the moon, chemtrails, UFO’s, CIA mind control and Waco are some of the well-known conspiracies. But what about George W. Bush’s re-election. This cynicism goes beyond political rhetoric and focuses on our ability to participate in a representative democracy. Developed by the ancient Greeks, one of the first voting systems involved dropping bronze disks into barrels. As technology progressed, the advancements in voting systems surrendered an unacceptable system that lacks accuracy despite public outcry for a paper-verified trail....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Voting Essay - Voting Essay Can you imagine walking into the scheduled spot chosen in your riding for voting, to find a group of young teenagers just hanging around talking and laughing amongst themselves. Wouldn't you be thinking, what do those kids know about voting. Look at them just mingling about with each other. This election could determine my lifestyle in the future. For this reason and others, I believe the voting age should be left at 18, if not raised a year or two. Is it not true that the Young Offenders Act was created because youths under the age of 18 cannot think rationally for themselves and need special guidance....   [tags: essays research papers] 431 words
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Debate: Electronic Voting - There are many controversial topics in this politically correct world. There are topics about morals, standards, and personal ethics. One of the newest debatable subjects however, is the one concerning this new centuries way of casting an individual’s vote, through electronic voting. Electronic voting is a way to cast a person’s ballot using an electronic voting machine that is touch screen. There are many advantages to using these machines during an election but there are also many disadvantages to using them as well....   [tags: essays research papers] 1997 words
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Predicting Voting Behavior - Predicting Voting Behavior Voting behaviour is increasingly hard to predict because of the variables that ultimately affect it, these being class, gender, age, ethnicity and regional locality. It is the job of a political scientist to weigh up these factors along with public opinion on major and current issues such as the Health Service, Crime etc. In addition to these they will look at past elections and their statistics to determine the possible result of an imminent election....   [tags: Papers] 1069 words
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The Advice to Labor Leadership on Voting Behavior - The Advice to Labor Leadership on Voting Behavior Over the past twenty-five years the issues important to the British electorate have changed dramatically. In light of these shifts in voting behavior the best advice to Labor leaders would be to continue doing exactly what they are doing. Thus far New Labor has reacted well to maximize the latest in campaign strategies and voter trends. Now that New Labor has successfully positioned themselves in response to these voter trends Labor’s goal should be to squash the conservative party as a political force and marginalize it as an ideology....   [tags: Papers] 2491 words
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Young People's Participation in the Voting Process - Every year the United States government spends billions of dollars to spread democratic ideals around the globe. At the same time, the citizens of this great country seem reluctant to share in their love of democracy, causing voter turnout levels to continue to decline. Like many actions of Americans, the desire to vote is one that needs to be taught at a young age. If potential voters start as soon as they are eligible, they are more likely to continue voting, as they grow older. Thus, the key is to target young voters....   [tags: Politics and Young Voters] 745 words
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Southern Voting Behavior Since The 1960s - Voters in many areas of the U.S. are apt to vote differently as a whole from election to election. The nation has also had a decreased turnout rate for the presidential and local elections. The South has typically not followed these patterns that the rest of has seemed to be following. The Southern whites of the U.S. have typically followed and voted for the more conservative candidate and party. Where as the Southern blacks have typically (when they have been able to vote) voted for the more liberal party or candidate....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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People's Social Characteristics and Voting Patterns - People's Social Characteristics and Voting Patterns Over the years Sociologists have argued that people with similar social characteristics tend to vote for the same parties. This usually goes for Social Class. From 1945 to 1970 many of the voters in Britain saw themselves as either Labour or Conservative and therefore they voted accordingly....   [tags: Papers] 735 words
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Argument - The Voting Age Must be Lowered - The Voting Age Must be Lowered for Democracy to Exist in America Imagine for a moment that senior citizens were denied the right to vote. Imagine senior citizens being thought of as too incompetent to vote because some senior citizens are senile. Can you imagine such a large percentage of the American public being denied the right to vote – simply on account of their age. It cannot happen in America, right. Not in a free country, a country where the people control the government, not the other way around....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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Young People's Participation in the Voting Process - We must make changes to the current system in order to incorporate young people into the political process. The media need to support more TV shows addressing political issues, candidates need to spend more time with youth, we need to move toward voting online, and if all else fails, implement a system of proportional representation. On the local level, there are too many candidates and no way to get to know them. The majority of people never see who is running. Sometimes it seems like it doesn't even matter....   [tags: What is Politics?] 954 words
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Young People's Participation in the Voting Process - So, who wants to vote anyway. "Hey, I live in Oregon, the president is already decided on before our voting polls close." Yes, we live in an apathetic society, but for reason. As a 21 year old registered voter, I generally vote, but I can understand why my classmates chose not to follow suit. First of all, we always feel like we are being tricked by the politicians' advertising campaigns. It seems that whoever has the most money and big business support will have the best ads and with them, an improved public image....   [tags: Politics and Young Voters] 761 words
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The Flawed Electoral College Voting Process - The Flawed Electoral College Voting Process When Americans vote their choice for President, one would assume that these votes would be tabulated and the majority vote would win. But this is not the case at all. The Presidency is ultimately decided by the Electoral College, what William McClenaghan calls “one of the least understood parts of the American political process”(340). McClenaghan also defines the Electoral College as “the body that makes the formal selection of the nation’s President, from what the Framers intended into a `rubber stamp’ for the popular vote in presidential elections”(67)....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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The Factors Affecting British Voting Turnout - The Factors Affecting British Voting Turnout Turnout is declining, in 2001 the turnout was 75% yet in 2005, a mere 4 years later, the turnout had decreased to %9.4% a huge drop. This could be due to many reasons; one of these reasons could be the rise of apathy in politics in the UK. Voters may be satisfied by the government & the economy & may think that the existing government shall win the election yet again so may not come out to vote, it could also be the other way around, voters may think that the government is so appalling that its defeat is inevitable & voters foresee a new government coming into power....   [tags: Free Essays] 397 words
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First Past the Post versus Proportional Representation Voting Systems - Britain is considering changing current first past the post voting system (FPTP) to proportional representation (PR). The main reason is that FPTP is “quasi-democratic” voting system under which there is only one majority party ruling the government and it does not represent wishes of all voters as some votes are wasted. Whereas, PR seems to be the best alternative voting system with proportionality of seats in mandatory places, more parties ruling government and etc. Let us look at these two voting systems and analyze whether PR is suitable and alternative change for FPTP and do advantages of PR outweigh disadvantages....   [tags: Political System Government]
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The Rhetoric of LBJ: Speech Addressing Discrimination and Voting Right Legislation - Over Come we Shall On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a session of Congress to urge the passage of new voting rights legislation. President Johnson’s speech was in response to the unjustly attack of African Americans preparing to march in Montgomery. In his address Johnson confronted the problem of racism and racial discrimination. He declared that “every American citizen must have an equal right to vote. In order for Johnson to handle the American crisis and simultaneously settle into his new position as chief executive, his rhetorical debut as president would have to be one that offered Americans the confidence to believe...   [tags: racism, american presidents, african american, ] 1072 words
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The Rule of Law in America - ... But the bright side of all that is that you don’t have to choose a side if you don’t want to and you can’t be forced to choose one because that also is against the law. Though you can choose a side and also choose the person who agrees with what you believe in. There are two sides you can choose and that are the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. I think the voting rights is fair because it has had its adjustments to where it is equal and fair to everyone in the U.S. Schools should let the kids know at an early age about the doubts of voting....   [tags: voting, freedom, society]
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Reason why Convicts Should not be Allowed to Vote - Murderers, rapists, and those convicted with aggravated assault, have obviously not made wise decisions in their lives, yet they are allowed to vote. According to www.felonvoting.procon.org, currently, in Michigan, individuals who have been convicted of a felon are allowed to vote after their term of incarceration. Some think that those who have a felony from a violent crime should not be able to vote, regardless if they have completed their sentence or not. However, other people think that even though an individual with a violent felony may vote after their incarceration period; although, in some states, the felon may have to wait a certain amount of years before they are able to vote....   [tags: felonies, violent crime, voting]
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