An Existentialist Examination Of Voter Repression Essay

1396 Words May 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
With the 2016 presidential election quickly approaching, a popular conversation has been voter fraud and voter suppression. Voter suppression reached headline news with the Arizona state primary, and has been a controversy in the lead up to the presidential election since then. The act of suppressing votes, from both party lines, infringes upon the most fundamental American right; the right to vote in those who will speak on our behalf. It also brings up in interesting existentialist dilemma. Simone de Beauvoir believed that humanity can only ascertain its freedom if others choose it as well. IN the case of voter suppression, because others have denied the freedom to vote, it implies that there is no true freedom to choose. Additionally, the destruction of an individual’s responsibility recreates Kierkegaard’s notion that “the crowd is the untruth” (Pearson 9.4). An existentialist examination of voter repression thus reveals two things; by negating an individual’s right to vote society has created a version of America where there is no responsibility for our choices as there is no inherent freedom to choose. Before I proceed with my analysis of existential ethics on voter suppression, I will briefly discuss examples from the 2016 presidential race beginning with the Arizona state primary. CNN reports that a law suit has been filed for against the voter suppression that took place during the state primaries in March. On voting day, voters reported waiting for hours to cast…

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