“A vote is like a rifle, its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” - Theodore Roosevelt” Do we need uneducated, random, and altogether unconstitutional forced votes clogging up our ballot? Those rallying for compulsory voting boast better representation of the lower class. If compulsory voting is so grand then please do explain why so many countries (the majority even.) don 't enforce or even avoid their compulsory voting laws in place. The lower class needs to be better represented, the middle class strengthened, more Americans need to vote, but forcing people to is not the answer.
Due to voter apathy—voters not caring about or disliking voting—many potential voters do not vote. However, in a 2014 editorial, Reginald MacDougall argues that those people should vote, as he believes voting to be a duty for all eligible citizens. To advance this argument, MacDougall uses three main techniques: using an advantageous introduction, applying statistics and reason, and appealing to emotions. MacDougall starts his editorial by emphasizing that he is not trying to promote a partisan agenda through calling the recent 2014 United States midterm elections a “national disgrace”. While this is a minor part of the passage, it has a large impact on how readers see the piece.
With statistics shown about how the number of electors each state gets isn 't even fair, and that smaller states really do get more of an advantage it leads me to really question why they even have this system. America is about freedom, the freedom to choose your leader, the freedom to vote for laws, and the freedom to vote for who is eligible to pass these laws. If we are promised all these freedoms why is it that there is a whole complicated system not everyone even knows about that actually proves the popular votes of the people do not decipher our president? I believe it should be banned from use due to the unfairness of the process as a
If we look at most of our opinion when it comes to voting comes from the band wagon affect these days. Media often sways people’s perception on the candidate. I believe that voting doesn’t do us any good when it comes to electing the President of the United States of America or anyone elected to State Represenitive, Governor, or state local official. No matter who get the most popular vote or majority of the votes, the Electoral College always wins. To me this makes voting it senseless to me since the candidate that the American people have voted for will not get elected because of the Electoral College.
That basically you are un-american if you don 't vote, and you should grab yourself by the undies and drag yourself to the poll booths of you want to be American. I don 't think the populars have a very good argument being that they want a 100% voter turnout. And if you know anything about the human race, it 's almost impossible to get every single person in a group to do something until you have them at gunpoint. And even then you will still have a few people who would rather take the bullet than do what they are being told. To sum up my opinion, I don 't think the populars have a very solid argument, but I do believe that as a country, we should have at least a 75% voter turn out.
Voters respond when they have choices between candidates, the bigger their differences the more people are likely to go out and vote. In this type of circumstance it is highly impossible for an individual to go out and vote when as an individual we have no knowledge whatsoever over politics. This in my opinion happens to be another good reason as to why voting turnout in Texas is so low. Although it may be hard to believe there are so many individuals out there who have no common knowledge on the candidates who are running in the elections, which gives them a good reason not to go out and vote. People want to go out and vote for a candidate they have much information over and know what their capabilities are, and this is very difficult for an individual who may not even know who is running in the elections or what is going on in the political
Most Americans eligible to vote obtain a full time job and simply can not find the time to vote. Although the voting may not take a long time, the process of registering persuades some citizens to avoid the voting process. The process of registering and voting may demand too much time for the American public. As pathetic and detrimental as that may sound, the mindset of new
To some, the American Dream seems unimaginable. In fact, many believe that it is quite improbable that anyone could experience their own American Dream due to government restrictions that may seem to prohibit their growth. In a survey conducted by ORC International, around 6 in every 10 Americans believe that the American Dream is no longer available to them (Lubhy). Restrictions that make those surveyed feel as though the American Dream is impossible include the worsening economy and the rising costs of college tuitions (Lubhy). To be more specific on the economic concern, many believe that most of the American government’s money goes
Fourthly, the frequency and number of elections in the US has been indicated to be twice as much compared to many western countries. With the various separate elections in multiple levels, voters may choose to skip some of them and participate in others (McDonald, 2011). Finally, the development of democracy and level of civic education have affected the number of people who cast votes (Ezrow & Xezonakis, 2014). It is prudent to postulate that some individuals lack the feeling that their individual votes can change outcomes in the elections and they therefore do not vote. The recommendations to increase the voter turn-out, the registration process should be streamlined.
In order for this law to be reinforced, there would have to be some sort of punishment if somebody does not cast their vote (Bargmann).Why should a law abiding citizen be penalized for not wanting to have a say in the way their government is lead? There needs to be a shift in the way elections are held so that voting is more convenient to the average American citizen, and so no one is scrutinized for their choice of not expressing their opinion. Compulsory voting should not be required because it would be violating freedom of choice, which would lead in people casting random votes, and there are superior ways of getting people to vote than forcing them to. Requiring American citizens to vote is a violation of freedom of choice, and the way a person can express their opinion. If they are forced to speak their opinion, they could randomly select a candidate, which would sway the election.
To rig an election would be no easy task and mistakes are rarely made. To impersonate a registered voter and using a dead persons vote is very unlikely, and even less likely to sway one. Lastly, the bias of the media cannot be counted as a way of rigging elections and it has always been a factor. When a person claims the election is rigged they usually talk about rigging the machines and voter fraud, but those things are very unlikely. Benjamin Franklin said, “Three can keep a secret,
With the Electoral College people are “Ignoring New York, California and Texas or nearly 30% of the population”(Passage 3) People may not even get to choose who they vote for. With the electoral vote it makes states like Ohio more important than Rhode Island because it is a “swing state.” The process for the Electoral College is not even the same in some of the states because each state has it’s own rules. It also makes elections so much more complicated than it needs to be. The Electoral College takes away power from the people, and that is the foundation that this country was supposed to be built on. The Electoral College should be discontinued because it gets rid of the people’s power that they have in the nation, it makes makes it so that every vote is an important vote, and the whole Electoral College system is messed up since each state has their own rules.