One of the biggest worries when people talk about compulsory voting is the fear of uneducated votes randomly swinging polls all around in no orderly fashion. Compulsory voter supporters argue that the abstention option is all that is needed to solve this problem. However, research conducted by Trevor Burrus found that between twenty-nine and thirty-six percent of previous non-voters who chose to not abstain could not tell you who they voted for upon leaving the polling place. Compulsory voting creates a stigma to make people want to cast a vote and make their vote matter if they’re going to be forced to come out anyway, this causes people to not abstain and just pick any candidate or the one they have heard their name the most. Another commonly used tactic to cleanse the polls is to put a fictitious name on the ballot to grab at least a chunk of the uneducated or random votes.
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.
To someone who is familiar with the reform this is unsurprising, given that the reform can effectively make the primary system more inclusive and successfully decrease polarization, without being impractical and nearly impossible to implement. Unlike a traditional close primary election, “top-two” primaries allow every eligible voter to participate in primary elections, regardless of their party affiliation. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and even Libertarians, can vote on a preferred candidate they believe should proceed to a general election. However, the “top two” primary differs from an open one since voters do not have to choose which party’s primary to participate in; all voters receive identical ballots that list all the candidates competing and their party affiliations (Add book quote). Thus, a “top two” primary ballot can potentially have a dozen candidates from several different parties listed on it.
Finally, you reach the last and deepest layer, which is the core. The core is where the root of the circumstance you 're trying to prove comes from. It is the layers on top of the core that determine your stand on an issue or circumstance. Let’s change politics from a negative mentality. “One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don 't go into government” (Trump).
But recently gerrymandering has become more controversial because people feel that it has taken away their rights as a voter and it swings the votes to one side by a big percentage. Current cases are before the courts to decide if gerrymandering is legal. Some states have been discussing whether it should still be allowed during elections. “Many efforts are underway to remedy this political
Politics seems to bring the worst out of people if they are on different sides of the aisle. Each side thinks that they are clearly the only ones with the right solution to any given problem. This in turn severely hurts any chance of getting solutions to problems acted
They are similar in the fact that they need money in order to campaign and they need to campaign in order to get electoral support. They are different because judges are not expected to represent the interests of their constituents when compared to legislators. They are prohibited from campaigning on issues that may come before the court. State supreme court elections occur under a variety of institutional arrangements. The main weakness in Bonneau’s argument was his estimation technique.
Introduction In today’s political world, there is a large part of the population who votes in elections marred with electoral fraud and malpractice. These people suffer the consequences of having non-representative governments where the government does not reflect the votes and will of the people. One would think a country devoid of fraud during the electoral process would remove previously cheating and poorly performing incumbents, resulting in better functioning governments, which is untrue. Removing electoral fraud from an election does not guarantee that the previously fraudulent or poor performing incumbents will be removed from office. Why do Fair Elections NOT Result in Better Representatives?
In the world today, America is not living up to the ideals of the Enlightenment. A few reasons why America is not living up to the Enlightenment is because of the strict voter ID laws restricting the poor to vote, transgender bathroom law preventing transgender to use the bathroom
“For many the American Dream has become a nightmare” stated Bernie Sanders, 2016 Presidential Candidate, during one of his campaigns after being incredibly frustrated with the country and its high rates of its citizens on welfare. This quote, displays the sense that in current America with how everything is going, the American Dream has now turned into a complete mess that no one wants to go through with. The overwhelming stress and other psychological pressures that come with the American Dream is not worth the stress, psychological, and emotional damage for some people and actually can cause more harm than good for them. They would rather be mentally healthy than end up psychologically damaged in order to reach the so called American Dream. It is understood that hard work goes into the American Dream, but there is a fine line where enough is enough.
The main criticism that “the current two-party system gives too much power to the extremists in each party” (Wheelan, 2013, para. 2). When people are chosen by the party to run, in many cases they represent the extremist views held and become the mascot for the party. The current system is skewed so moderates, the people some say are essential to politics, are not chosen because they do not represent the party strongly enough. These extremist candidates help to discourage education of the intricacies of individual issues because voters are forced into accepting how the party views the issue, due to either voting due to the candidate 's party affiliation, or being forced into choosing the extremist that comes closest to their own personal beliefs.
We cannot let states like California, New York, Florida, and Texas decide the fate of our entire country simply because of their high population. The Electoral College’s opponents believe that it is an unfair way of doing things because it doesn’t necessarily make every vote count, but they may not realize that it lets every state have a say. The candidate with an absolute majority in each state receives the elector’s votes, therefore it really boils down to a popular election just on a state by state basis, rather than a national one. “The proposals to abolish the Electoral College are proposals to abolish the Federal principle in presidential elections”(Best). The Electoral College has history on it’s side, the system they use really works, it is the best option we have, and it needs to be