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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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Future Perfect: Mandatory Voting

- The United States, a machine, ran by the representatives we put into power to reign over our lands. We are blessed to have, in this great country, the right to vote; which maybe the most crucial right to an U.S. citizen. Voting expresses the voice of the people; yet voter turnout has been in record lows in the twenty-first century. So what do representatives have to base their actions with. Now the question lies, who is really being represented, the masses or a collected few. Who are we to blame the people we put into power if it is us who aren’t doing our job, but there is a solution this this grave problem....   [tags: low turn out at the voting tables]

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Voting Turnout Proposal

- The Chartist movement (a working class political movement) in 1840 believed “People had no one else but themselves to blame for the actions of their politicians” (Nash). What Mr. Nash and the chartist movement believe couldn’t be more on the spot. This country has gotten to the point where people find it hard to walk down their street to the elementary school where the voting polls are, and take a few minutes to cast a vote. A vote that millions of people around the world wish they were able to have them selves....   [tags: US voting system, decrease in voting presence]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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Obstacles to Voting

- Many people don’t know this but minorities still go through numerous obstacles to vote. A group called the ACLU which is American Civil Liberties Union are fighting to protect the voting rights of people of different ethnic backgrounds. “Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act has been protecting racial and language minorities’ access to voting”. (The Voting Rights Act.Web.12/2/13 The people who often get discriminated against are elders, young people, colored people, and people of low income, military members / veterans, and disabled voters....   [tags: discrimination, rights, minorities]

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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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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]

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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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Pros and Cons of Electronic Voting

- ... Generally speaking the electronic voting means it comes under both the electronic means of casting the votes and also electronic means of tabulating the votes. In this the voter is given with a net user id and a password and this should be given to each and every individual voter and this voter should be logon with this user id and password and make themselves clear to vote. But according to the “Mr. Emanuele Lombardi” how is a Computer Science degree holder; he says that electronic voting contains many number of problems related security, privacy in votes and many more....   [tags: internet safety, hackers, convenience]

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Mimes of America: Voting in Texas

- The people shake their heads and wave their fingers in disapproval towards the government from local levels to national levels--mimes of America. These mimes act out their opinion rather than using their voice to declare what they want. Pretending to perform action rather than completing action, these mimes dissimulate so they do not feel excluded. America is blessed with the opportunity to live in a country endowed with such great freedoms. In the United States, the basic freedoms for voting are often taken for granted and unutilized by many Americans, especially Texans....   [tags: action, freedom, turnout, culture]

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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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Voting Is a Right for Americans

- ... King spoke of. When we vote, you and I become a part of history, a collective American History. This is our generation’s mountaintop, our American Dream. Our Founding Fathers dreamt of an America where every man—created equally—endowed the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Their American Dream however did not grant women the right to vote, but due to the efforts championed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and others, equality for women voters came about. George Washington, James Madison and company’s American Dream excluded African Americans, but their dream was no match by the determination and hard work of Fredrick Douglas, Harriet Beecher Stowe and other...   [tags: privilege, democracy, elections]

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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 and Elections in the United States

- The United States has an electorate evenly matched to the complexity of its government. As other nations have joined the brotherhood of Democracies, our level of political engagement has seemingly suffered in comparison to that of our fellow Republics. There are numerous explanations as to why we have comparatively low voter turnout, with suggested culprits ranging from weak political parties, inscrutable, complicated ballots, voter cynicism, and voter deterrents, such as voter ID laws and pre-registration....   [tags: current political climate]

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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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Reduce Voting Age to 16

- ... There are people who go into war that don’t have enough life experience or knowledge of everything, yet they are managing to face every challenge that is thrown at them. Secondly, it is argued that by allowing 16 and 17 year olds to participate in the elections, would be meaningless because it is likely that they have been manipulated by the parents and brainwashed by false promises. Those who agree to this need to stop making false assumption; we are not a puppet or a 10 year old that is incapable of making a valuable decision on our own....   [tags: army, work, marry, independent, inmature]

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Influence of Compulsory Voting

- The Idea of Compulsory Voting After Australia, Singapore, and Switzerland implemented compulsory voting and the turnout of voters grew, other democratic countries began wondering if the idea should be implemented globally. Research began on how this implementation affected countries with compulsory voting in place and how it would affect other countries such as Canada (Twomey, 2013). The idea that Canada, or another similarly democratic country, should pass a policy of compulsory voting would be against the very foundation of freedom that defines a democratic state....   [tags: Government, Democracy]

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Protection of Voting Rights

- There are many ways that we as civilians can help to promote and protect voting rights in the nation. A lot of times, voting rights have been abused by different solutions involving crime, people, and just problems within the nation. Voting rights are known as the cornerstone of America. There are a lot of different groups in the world that are trying their best to promote and protect the voting rights. One of the main social environment groups in the nation that come together to do their best to promote and protect voting rights in America is called NCJW....   [tags: society, honored, government]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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?]

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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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Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

- In 1965, at a time of racial discrimination in America and the emergence of a strong Civil Rights Movement, congress enacted the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which prohibits discrimination in voting. Congress could not end racial discrimination in voting by suing one jurisdiction, state, etc. at a time. Rather, Congress passed Section 5 of the VRA, which required states and local governments with a history of racially discriminating voting practices to get the approval of the U.S. Attorney General or a three-judge panel for the U.S....   [tags: civil rights, racial discrimmination]

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Felon Voting Rights

- ... Further, this lawless denial of voting is unjustifiable. A man known as Jose Montoya had been arrested for numerous drug use charges. Montoya was imprisoned, and after being putting into rehab, he had turned his life around, however when he found out that his felony charge would suspend his right to vote, he realized he was still getting punishe for his already paid in full debt to society. Felons remain one of the last groups of Americans denied the right to vote (Flatow, 2014). Also, Just as Jose Montoya had found out, felon disenfranchisement is still punishing felons past their already paid debt to society (Siegal, 2011)....   [tags: felon disenfranchisement, constitution]

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Should the U.S. Allow Online Voting?

- In the age of technology, we do almost everything through the Internet. We can take classes online, check bank accounts, shop, and even date in the virtual world. If we can do all of these things then why not vote online as well. The idea of cyber voting has not been accepted as well as one would think in this day and age. The many security risks that come with computers and technology scares many Americans to stray away from exploring this new horizon. Voting online in theory is appealing, but in practice is not realistic....   [tags: adapting to technology]

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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 ]

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The Voting Rights of Ex-Criminals, An Outline

- ... HOW/NW Freedom Prize Paper Thesis: Although some states believe that voting is a privilege that can be taken away after intolerable behavior, ex-criminals should be given voting rights because they are heavily impacted by government decisions, the vote is consequently taken away from low income, minority factions, and the US has a historical record of disenfranchising people regarding their race, color, previous servitude, and sex, so we have reason to question the disenfranchisement of other minorities....   [tags: freedom pirze, behavior]

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A Look at Justice’s Voting Behavior

- The United States’ Supreme Court is responsible for making some of the toughest and most influential decisions in the country each and every day. Very often, their decisions affect the many citizens of the nation, whether they are minor, or major. The Supreme Court makes many rulings each year, and many people do not even pay attention to the Court’s decisions. The majority of the population does not even think to question why the Justices vote the way they do, or how they arrive at the decisions they make....   [tags: US Supreme Court]

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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]

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Anthony Down's Voting Model Accuracy

- During the second half of the past century the notion that, political science should be treated as a science became extremely popular among academics specially in the United States. One of the most prominent exposers of this school of thought was Anthony Downs, who developed a theorem to explain in a rather economic sense, how and why voters behave in a certain way when it comes to voting. Downs did not only applied his theory to the way voters behave, he also used it to explain the way political parties align themselves when it comes to elections in a two and a multiparty system nevertheless this essay will analyze Downs’ claims about a two party system only....   [tags: political science theories]

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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]

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The Need to Implement Mandetory Voting in the United States

- ... Political parties can develop financial benefits from compulsory voting, since they do not have to devote resources convincing the voting public that it should in general turn out to vote. Lastly, if democracy is government by the people, assuming this includes all people, then it is every citizen's responsibility to select their representatives (Compulsory Voting 3). Many Americans are quick to complain about how unhappy they are with the way the United States’ government is handling issues when a good amount of them do not even participate in the voting process....   [tags: elections, population, consequences]

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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]

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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 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]

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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]

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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]

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- 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]

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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]

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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]

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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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Why We Should Increase the Voting Age

- Voting is important to make sure that the government operates the way it’s designed to and make sure that the citizen’s beliefs are heard by the country political system. From 1781-1971 the voting rights have changed drastically. It started with only allowing men who owned property and were 21 and older to vote. It changed allowing 21 and older to vote regardless of race or ethnic background. Women were later allowed to vote. Finally the 26th amendment lowered the voting age to 18 (Voting History)....   [tags: politics, values, teens]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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?]

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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]

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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]

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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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Voting Based Neural Network: Extreme Learning Machine

- ... Selection of the subset of the classifiers is done using ensemble pruning methods. Ensemble pruning not only reduces the complexity of the algorithm but might even improve the generalization as proved by the concept “Many could be better than all” [11]. So far many ensemble pruning methods have been proposed. Mainly ensemble pruning [12] approaches are categorized into three types. a). Ordering Based Pruning: In this pruning approach the classifiers are arranged using some criteria and some of the top classifiers are selected as a Pruned Ensemble (PE)....   [tags: optimization, pruning, ]

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Is Voting for Young People? by Martin P. Wattenberg

- ... One study found that 21% of respondents under 30 years of age learned about the Presidential campaign or candidates from a comedy show instead of from newscasts (40). Although some find information indirectly through entertainment TV, a 2004 survey proved that 7% of respondents who followed the campaign closely enjoyed it and were familiar with facts heavily relied on cable news channels as a source of information, proving that if one was motivated, a 24hr cable news channels offered more opportunities to follow politics (41)....   [tags: younger generations, computer literate]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Draft: Are Current Political Conditions Ripe in Canada to Mobilize for a Change from Single Member Plurality (SMP) Electoral System?

- POLI 2304 Paper Intro The research question I chose for my term paper was number 13, which asks “Are the current political conditions ripe in Canada to mobilize for a change from our single member plurality (SMP) electoral system. If so, what should be the nature of the change. If not, why not?” To address these questions, I created the thesis statement “Canada’s current electoral system unduly favours the pluralist approach to the detriment of voter equality, which allows for strong governments built on regional rather than national interests....   [tags: Elections, Voting]

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