Essay Compulsory Voting

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During election time do you and your friends vote? Well if you don’t that may change, because some countries have decided that it would be a good idea make voting compulsory for adults. America should not have compulsory voting as evidenced by my personal experiences, pop culture, and history even though compulsory voting could increase the amount of voters. One reason I know America should not have compulsory voting is by my personal experiences. One experience is when the class would raise their hands to choose something, the students would look around and say the same thing as everyone else. This shows that people would rather follow the crowd instead of going with their own choices. Another experience is when my friend’s mom told him to …show more content…
For example, if someone’s favorite celebrity says something bad about a politician, then that person is more likely to vote against the politician. Another example is election commercials change the voter’s opinions so much that when it’s time to vote they don’t know what’s true and what’s false about the politicians. So you may think that compulsory voting is a good idea, but the voter’s opinions will still be influenced by media. Another reason voting should not be required is that throughout history people have rebelled when they are forced to do something. For example, the Constitution gave Americans the freedom to vote which means it is our choice if we want to vote. So if we let the government take our right to vote away, then what is stopping them from taking our other rights away? Another example is when the British forced the tax on Americans without telling them and letting them agree with it. This led to the Americans rebelling by dumping the tea into the harbor. So if the government forces mandatory voting on people without permission, the people will rebel. Through my personal experiences, pop culture, and history I believe that America should not have mandatory voting even if it could increase the amount of voters. America shouldn’t have compulsory voting because it could cause people to rebel, and it could lead to the government taking more of our rights

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