Voting And Political Participation Of The United States Essay

752 Words Sep 30th, 2016 4 Pages
As a representative democracy, all citizens of the United States are granted the right to vote for their government officials. Although voicing one’s opinion through voting and political participation is heavily encouraged throughout our lives, the truth of the matter is that a vast majority of the eligible population choose not to participate in the political process. Only 57% of voting-age population decide to participate according to 2012 presidential election polls (248). Despite the fact that I believe residents of our country should get informed and involved in political processes, the U.S. would not be better off if most eligible citizens began participating due to ignorance, media manipulation and too many differing opinions. In a perfect democracy, all citizens would make educated decisions on who they vote for after considering their own beliefs, values, and weighing the costs and benefits of voting for their representative. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect democracy. We live in a world where people make mistakes. Human error is not something to dwell on, but rather something to learn from. Sadly, ignorance has been brought up to the point that someone like Donald Trump can become a presidential nominee. This is due to the fact that a person 's ignorance and neglectfulness in the situation has given a certain population more power than others. Because of the lack of knowledge, the younger eligible citizens from ages 18-24 are the less involved as well as…

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