Polarization Between Political Parties And Its Effect On The Electorate

767 Words Nov 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout the past years, the polarization between political parties has reached a dramatic extreme. Some people think that polarization has occurred within our political system, due to extremism between party ideology, income, districts, closed-primaries, etc. Due to the problem that has occurred within the political system, there are some solutions that are tangible to incorporate to abate the pressures of polarization. On the other hand, I do believe that there are some solutions, that political scientists have provided, that will fail with solving this problem. The number one solution that I think would help diminish polarization is “expanding the electorate.” The authors, Mann and Ornstein use Australia as en example. Every Australian system must vote in in the polls. Mandatory attendance is required. If a citizen does not make an appearance at the polls, then will receive a $15 fine. The U.S. government should adopt the system that Australia uses. This strategy creates incentives in every individual to go vote, so that they are not find. By every citizen voting this will “eliminate the parties’ incentive to diminish the turnout of their opponents’ supporters and to mobilize the ideological extremes” (Mann & Ornstein). But, most importantly, this system will encourage moderate voters to vote in the polls and for candidates to focus on every state, instead of just key ones, like Colorado or Iowa. Moderates have a tendency to not vote in elections,…

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