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    Only 36.4 percent of voters turned out during the 2014 elections, the lowest overall in seventy years. In 507 B.C. , Cleisthenes, the Athenian leader, introduced a new system of reforms consisting of three groups: the governing body, council of representatives, and the popular courts (History Channel). Greece was the beginning of voting and democracy. In the early 1600’s, as American settlements were later set up in Jamestown, these men started off by conducting an election (Colonial…

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    Voting In America Essay

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    merican voting turnouts are not the best when push comes to shove, especially when that shove comes from Europe. America averages around 51.71% from 2000 to 2012 (“Turnout of U.S. Voting Eligible Population, 1948-2012”, 2012) while the UK soars above with an average of 63% showing up to vote between 2001 to 2015 (“General election turnout 1945 – 2015”, 2015). There is a malignant ignorance growing among America's voters, whether it be from the narcotizing effect of the mass media, or the…

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    American Democracy

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    threatened democratic ideology, the U.S. responded with a “containment” policy to protect democratic peace. Recently, however, the same ideology that our generations of leaders sought to protect, is going through a slow but steady decline, with low voter turnouts and distrust in politicians as evident as ever. Tocqueville once praised American democracy for successfully creating organizations that allow citizens to participate equally in the government, however, we can see from recent years that…

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    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…

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    The Voting Age

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    The current voting age of America is 18 and should be maintained for many years to come. There are many reasons why the voting age is set at 18. First the brain doesn't reach full maturety until the ages of 18 and 21. Secondly most of the youth of America aren't interested in voting in any election, whether it's for local office or for the presidency. Finally society as a whole needs to get involved in elections not just a few 16 and 17 year olds who havent even graduated from high school yet.…

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    Several people believe that voter turnout will decrease with the new laws and cause more harm than good. However, photo identification laws are a necessity because the identification is versatile, the laws prevent illegal immigrants from voting, and fraud is actually reduced. First, most picture identifications can easily be obtained and can be used elsewhere, such as a driver’s license or even license to carry a handgun. Some believe the identification laws will reduce voter…

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    Before you completely dismiss this idea hear me out. This idea has precedent internationally counties Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom have extended voting rights for 16 year olds and all have historically better voter turnout then the United States. Advocates for lowering the voting age argue that it could increase government responsiveness and help reinvigorate our democracy. In state after state and around the world, allowing young people to vote in elections has…

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    Throughout Canada’s time as a nation, voting has always been a right, which an individual may choose to exercise, or not. In the last 15 years, voter turnout rates have gradually declined, hitting an all time low at 58.8 percent of the eligible voters in October 2008 as compared to, 64.7 percent in the January 2006 elections. Being the highest voter turnout rate in the last 15 years. Leaving almost 1 in 3 people without an opinion. Which is abysmal as a democratic nation. Raising the question,…

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    Sectionalism In Canada

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    for changes to Canada's electoral system. More often than not, these include some variation of proportional representation, albeit some have contended for a particular ballot to guarantee that applicants chose have the support of a larger part of voters. At the government level, these have dependably been rejected. Provinces have been more daring in electoral change, both in the past (Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia every single utilized system other than…

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    Knotts, Haspel 2006). While the scholarly work that explores economic causalities brings forward great insights behind declining youth voter turnout, they often find difficulty in prescribing action to rectify the…

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