Many people, especially young people with less favored views, would be encouraged to vote because their vote actually would have the potential of representing their true ideology. Democracy can only exist when the citizens of a democratic state are willing and able to take an active role in their government. If we can increase voter participation by eliminating the Electoral College, streamlining the voting process, and allowing for proportional representation of partisan views in our government, then these are critical means to a necessary end.
If compulsory voting were to be established levels of voting would increase significantly which would most likely improve the validity of representation in government. Governments elected by only a small percentage of U.S citizens are unrepresentative of the population, and consequently may not be perceived as legitimate. The United States should pass a law implementing mandatory voting to raise voter turnout in elections and create a more credible representation of the United States population. In order to make this argument, one must first understand what compulsory voting is and the reasoning for why it should be enforced. Compulsory voting can be defined very simply as the legal obligation to attend the polls at election time and perform whatever duties are required there of electors (Birch 2).
Ensuring that citizens vote, I contend, serves as vital as any other governmental obligation. The work done by political scientists to determine this information has been progressive. Various theories attempting to ascertain which citizens turn out to vote discovered strong evidence for accurate quantitative descriptions of voter electorates. The strongest attempt to determine the cause of citizen political participation is research into theories on mobilization, the resource model and social capital. However, when interpreted incorrectly, the political landscape that these models propose differ greatly from reality.
But, the first amendment has been used as a loophole in politics for too long. While infringing on the first amendment may threaten one of our sacred constitutional liberties, the corruption of campaign elections could eradicate the very democracy that is the backbone of our constitution which provides Americans with such liberties. The problems that arise with the increased role of money in elections are plentiful. With such a growth in large ind... ... middle of paper ... ...e reform would hurt powerful minority groups like the NRA or Phillip Morris that wish to improve their situations through political influences. But campaign finance reform would be better for the vast majority.
All because they do not know about the culture they hate so bad, but we still have the people who do believes that equality is important, and they ... ... middle of paper ... ... The people in America are not surrounded by a majority of starving people. Instead we have one of the most powerful economy in the world. America offers so much to the people who live in the U.S., but America will always be full of criticism, violence, and people who are offended by everything. America still seems to manage to be one of the world's best nations.
Though we live in a democratic society, there are a large number of people who remain politically disengaged. Should voting be made compulsory in order to encourage political participation? Compulsory voting has the potential to increase participation and also encourage political engagement. There are many positive things that are produced after enacting compulsory voting according to Eric Lund “in Western democracies demographically and culturally similar to the United States, this comment suggests that enactment of comparable laws would benefit our political system in four ways. Such law would (1) provide a system more representative of the general public, (2) increase the amount of moderate politicians who are willing to cooperate and compromise with each other, (3) reduce the incentive for campaigns to target special interest groups, super PACs, and corporations, who now have unbridled ability to fund election efforts under the recent Citizens United decision,'" and (4) instill a sense of civic responsibility in the American electorate, thereby increasing participation in the U.S. political system.” (Lund and Others 2013, 90—147) Compulsory voting would encourage the large group of none voters to participate, helping to address the issue that low participation is caused by a lack of interest in politics.
Voting is inherent to the electoral process; for it to work, we must vote. The main reason why people don't vote anyhow is just because they know that the government does not care about one vote, but if many people take a stand and vote, maybe the government will start to listen. If the government listens, more of what matters to everyday citizens will get out to the public, and to the nations capital, and something will be done to better the society we call America today. As Americans, we must do something about voter apathy because not only does voting allow us to be active in the political process, it enables us to fulfill our civic duty and exert our political influence. Contrary to public opinion, every vote makes a difference in this process.
However impossible it may be, representative democracy is true democracy. People have absolute equality and freedom. Furthermore, considering Marquis de Condorcet theory-which could be manifested into implying that the majority will be correct-participatory should lead to more utilitarian laws and legislations (pp 213). However, this argument faults in its application, because it assumes voting to be as simple as right or wrong. Yes we could use technology to help us vote and learn about politics but technology and moreover the media is the biggest problem for this system.
As we inform each other over the agendas of each candidate, we must explore which is committed to making this country into a better place, not only satisfy your own selfish reasons, which is considered a social responsibility. There so much that comes into factor, like what are the candidate’s thoughts, in the foreign policy, economic growth, health policy, etc. and it’s true that in politics, not everyone is going be pleased but we should try our best for our vote to be good cause and that could implement change many diverse laws we have today. Presidential elections should not be only big issue we have in the U.S, but local government elections play such big outcome in how everything is being in your state, like voting for the Governor that appeals to more to your ideals or that can fix the issues the state have been suffering through. Slowly I’ve started to see people involving themselves with more local government changes which is great, if we can change the power of state for the good then there’s high chances we will do for the whole country and for that to become a fact is for everyone to vote, stay informed with all issues and standings that each candidate wants to bring to the table, and be courteous of others and how your life and others can be affect by just a single
We do not want the masses to vote simply because they can easily do so, but to put forth an effort to vote wisely. Many scholars believe that low civic participation is an underlying problem of American social decay. Our nation is too complacent when it comes to political participation. Most citizens are content to sit back and let a few elites decide the direction of our country. The solution is not to just "go out and vote," but to be an informed voter.