The Issue Of Compulsory Voting Essay

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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? President Barack Obama suggested maybe having voting a requirement, he says "It would be transformative if everybody voted” (Yan). This would be the concept of compulsory voting this would requirement by law for citizens to vote. I want to give a full understanding of what compulsory voting is, who is practicing it, some benefits and flaws, and what I feel the what the United States could do to help rise voting turnout.

“The evidence from other countries suggests that it would expand political participation dramatically” says William Galston a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. Around 22 countries have compulsory voting, is not an new idea. Many countries have been doing it for years. Some examples, are…

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