Should Voting Be Mandatory Essay

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America is the land of the free and the home of the brave and has been since our founding fathers established this great country. What makes America great is the ability of the people to do what they want without infringement of the government. This natural right to freedom of choice is what keeps the people satisfied with their government. Voting in the United States should not be mandatory because it would take away some of the people’s freedom, would not force uneducated or ignorant people to vote, and it would be difficult to establish punishment for those who did not vote.
Among many other reasons, voting should not be mandatory because it infringes upon the freedom of the American people. Just as it is your right to participate in politics
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Few countries use compulsory voting because of this. Only about one-fifth of countries in the world use the compulsory system. Those that do use it have strict punishments such as harsh fines and even imprisonment (International IDEA 339). The people in these countries are dissatisfied with their government. It causes people to fill out blank ballots or vote for someone that they have not even the slightest amount of knowledge about. In Peru, thirteen percent of the ballots are left blank because there is a thirty five dollar fine for not voting at all (Carter 347). They do this just to avoid the fines that their government would impose on them if they chose not to vote at all. There is no reason to further the disconnect that exists between the people and the government in America. The last thing that this country needs is for the people to resent our government because of punishments linked to compulsory voting. America has always been the land of the free and a country with limited restriction on the people. That is why compulsory voting is not in the United States best interest. It is important that the people do not become dissatisfied with the government over voting. There should not be mandatory voting in America because it would take away some of the people’s freedom, would not force uneducated or ignorant people to vote, and it would be difficult to establish punishment for those who did not

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