Argument Against Mandatory Democracy

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There are 218,959,00 people in the United States that are eligible to vote. 146,311,000 are registered to vote In the parliamentary elections that happen every two years 81,033,355 voted in 2014 that is only 42.5 perecent, in other words less than half of registered voters voted. Merriam Webster defines a democracy as a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting. Voting to most is a right of passage in citizenship meaning, it what makes us a citizens of a democracy. There have been wars is history that started, because citizens did not want a dictator and wanted the right to vote or just thought as a human they should be able to vote. Should the United States government do something to change this and if so would could help? …show more content…
Maybe not showing up to vote is you not voting and making a statement of your own. Compulsory voting would be expanding government and with every government expansion takes something away from citizens; with voting some argue that would be freedom. “The United States is not Australia, of course, and there’s no guarantee that the similarity of our political cultures would produce equivalent political results.” (Galston) There is 7.3% difference on average with countries who have compulsory voting and others that do not. Both types have declining rates of turnout since the 1960s.(IDEA) Jason Brennan is an assistant professor of ethics, economics at Georgetown University. He is also the author of The Ethics of Voting. Brennan says “ If we force everyone to vote, the electorate will become even more irrational and misinformed.” People who do not vote are not informed on what is going on. What is going to happen according to Brennan is the candidate that are not the best will have a new chance at winning. Quality over quantity most important is one of the major arguments, “ If we really want to help America, we shouldn’t force citizens to vote. We should encourage citizens to vote well or not vote at all.” …show more content…
I feel that governments should do more and educating eligible voters. To start with for me would be campaign reform. “With a political campaign finance system that is corrupt and increasingly controlled by billionaires and special interests, I fear very much that, in fact, government of the people, by the people, and for the people is beginning to perish in the United States of America” - Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont, also a democratic presidential candidate for 2016. He feels we must have campaign reform as well, and start to uphold voting right act has not fullfill and making Election Day a national holiday. According to statistic brain. com, 17.5 percent of people who did not vote reason why was “ too busy and conflicting with their schedule. The United States allows this to happen instead of trying to fix the problem. Why? because who is benefiting? Congressman. Finally, we should start in schools, teaching how to vote. I did not hear a teacher say to “Go vote” until my history course I took at the college level in high school. One, I did not even know how to register and two, no one explain the importance of voting. There many ways to discuss voting without expressing views and that is simply telling people how to be able to

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