In this essay, I will analyze the very relevant issue of voter turnout. In fact, in the last few years, there have been a very small number of people involved in politics and citizens have behaved in an increasingly passive and apathetic way toward political matters. This demonstrates the weakness in the working process of modern democracies. If we look at the history, for example going back in the Athenian democracy, where all citizens, included the lower classes, participated actively in the politics, or if we think about the fight for universal suffrage, it is very shocking to realize that people of our century seem not really to use their right to vote. Hence, this clearly makes us question the causes of this apathy.
In 2012, the year of the latest presidential election in the United States, the population of citizens capable and legally allowed to vote was 235,248,000; however, only 129,235,000 voted, making the voter turnout of 2012 54.9%. This statistic, being only slightly over fifty percent, makes the opinion of the other half completely irrelevant. The outcomes of the presidential election do not accurately portray the opinion of the nation due to the low voter turnout. Due to the lack of time, the complication of registration, and the opinion of voters that their individual vote does not matter, the voter turnout of the United States has been negatively impacted; however, these issues can be resolved through effective means of changing the mindset
In March of 1965, thousands of Americans black and white began the 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery. All the men and women of the crowd had the same agenda of protesting in favor of Black Civil Rights, but along the way encountered state police who proceeded to brutally beat the crowd on national television1. As news of this horrific event spread through the screens and radios of America President Lyndon B. Johnson stood by creating the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to ensure that every American regardless of Race or Gender could legally and without confliction have the right to vote. Shortly thereafter on March 15, 1965 Johnson took to the podium and in front of cabinet members and foreign ambassadors proceeded to deliver the speech
Social influence is the process whereby one person’s behavior is affected by the words or actions of others” (Bernstein, Penner, Clarke-Stewart & Roy, 2012). There are many different people famous and from many different backgrounds that have social influence on many. Whether they have a positive or negative influence on other. For an example there have been many different murderous killing after high profile mass shootings. As I think of ways people are influenced what comes to mind is this year presidential election.
“The right to vote gives every eligible American a voice in our electoral politics. There's too much at stake to stay silent as this right is eroded. ”(Martin O'Malley).Voting is supposed to be a guaranteed right to all but in reality, this is not the case. It is to be expected that the political parties running for office enjoy the process behind the Electoral College. The political parties influence the American citizens to vote for their candidate as the next President in order to benefit from the candidate's power.
Is it appropriate for the voting age to be lowered to 16? (pro) 2-1-6 Yennie Ebihara Are you a youth that is desperately waiting to become 18 for your voice to be heard? According to votesat16.org, over 1.5 million of 16 to 17 year olds are denied the vote in just the UK and many teens around the world, regardless of potentially having the civic knowledge needed to vote due to 10 to 100 times more access to information, are unable to have a voice (debatingeurope.eu). This topic is also often talked about and the government has even started to take action in countries like Austria. Nevertheless, 16 year olds are clearly mature enough to vote, do not lack any knowledge needed to vote, and allowing them to vote will enable a whole new age group to include themselves and help increase voter turnout.
"A vote is like a rifle it depends on the character of the user". said by Theodore Roosevelt. I believe that everyone should ‘vote in America, It would determine a better President, There would be less argument throughout the country, And the voting in America would improve a lot. The most people that are not happy about their President is the ones that don 't vote. 76% of people vote in the USA. Everyone should vote in America "If everybody in this country voted” the economist John Kenneth Galbraith said, “the Democrats would be in for the next 100 years”.
“ While compulsion of any kind is a restriction, so is the compulsion to drive only on the right side of the road.” ( “Is It Time To Consider Mandatory Voting Laws? Worsening Voting Statistics Make a Strong Case.” by John W. Dean.) One way voter turnout can increase is by compulsory (required) voting.
FACTORS AFFECTING VOTER TURNOUT IN CEBU CITY I. Introduction Rationale The scientific investigation of elections is called psephology; this term exudes from the Greek word for "pebble." (In antediluvian Greek city-states, individuals voted by depositing hued pebbles into containers.)
Imagine your 16 year old self. Would you not want to be voting in elections and make the right decisions towards politics? States in America are already lowering the age when you can vote to 16. Turn out of US voters below 25 at presidential elections fell from 50% in 1972 to 38% in 2012. The Asia-Pacific Economics Blog notes the young demographic is some of the most engaged, and by extending it to a younger age could fuel their passion for many years.
David Setaris wrote an important reflection and criticisms about the undecided voters in the American elections. Information is crucial for all voters when making the decision about which candidate will be better as leader for the American people. Analyzing the candidate platform, their point of view, and perspectives are important things to look for when making the right decision .Undecided and confused voters are an easily influential target, who end up making the wrong decision .Political affiliation and decisions are individual rights that should always be respected.
An issue I am passionate about is… …feminism. I believe that there is a common misconception, particularly by men, that once voting rights for women were established, feminism was no longer necessary. Unfortunately though, that is definitely not the case. Women still make less money than men for the same jobs, sexual assault cases are way too frequent, and women are underrepresented in almost every professional field.
Next, one has to consider whether institutional or attitudinal electoral influences is more persuasive when explaining the voter turnout decline observed since the 1960’s. Piven and Cloward’s notion that party systems, electoral practices, and institutional barriers discourage and limit voting, as seen with the and Motor Voter Act, can remain true, but should be analyzed through the lens of registration. The Motor Voter Act was successful in regards to increasing registration and interest in voting. However, there was no significant increase in the voter turnout after the Motor Voter Law was implemented. Concerning Powell’s studies that voter turnout is disadvantaged by party systems, registration requirements, distance to voting location,