The Democratic Country Is A Government Of The People Essay

1809 Words Jan 8th, 2016 8 Pages
I. Introduction
The United States holds a belief that it is the paragon democratic country and it is an example that other democratic nations should follow. A democracy is a system of government in which people choose leaders by voting. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, it is “a government of the people, by the people, for the people” (The Gettysburg Address). A pure direct democracy, in theory, can occur through direct democracy where the people vote on nearly every issue that arises, but no such democracy exists in the world. The alternative is an indirect democracy, where people vote to elect representatives, who make the decisions for the country on behalf of the majority of people. The United States is the latter type of democracy, and Americans are prideful in the fact that they are able to vote for their leaders. Ironically, the percent of its citizens who have the ability to vote that actually vote in national elections has decreased significantly over the past several decades (fairvote.org). How can America claim to be the epitome of democracy and yet have declining participation in one of the main parts of a democracy- voting? Voter turnout is low due to several reasons; some are voter registration, the electoral system, voting procedures and political efficacy (Roberts 24, 30, 35, 36). Although some people in the academic community might disagree, most scholars concur that high voter turnout is an enviable trait.
II. Why Is Voter Turnout Low
A. Voter Registration…

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