Voting for the Future

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The world of politics can be tough to understand sometimes, especially for young 18-25 year olds looking to make an impact in the way their country is run. Let’s face it, young people are having less and less of an impact on decisions made by government, because there are n’t enough young voters. Elderly people influence the system the most because of the overwhelming percentage of active voters. Many young people are just not interested in politics.

Some say compulsory voting would be the solution (or at least, a solution) to the problem of low voting turnout. Others believe that compulsory voting would be a fundamental infringement of the right that enables us at citizens to choose whether to vote or not we want to vote. In contrast, to force people to vote would be counter-productive because, although it may increase the number of votes cast, it would probably alienate people even more from the political process.

This process of Mandatory voting has been seen put to use in other countries, such as Brazil, which definitely show the negative effects as a result of people resisting the compulsory voting, a decision made by the government.

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2 comments

  1. campbellken · October 25, 2014

    I have been wondering how this society will be if it had mandatory voting policy. I personally believe if it does become a reality, it would only be fair to declare the election day a federal holiday. Furthermore, I believe citizens who have a low ego involvement in politics will just close their eyes and use the Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe method to choose a candidate. But society can’t be mad at them for it, no one can have their cake and eat it too.

  2. charisseemckee · October 29, 2014

    It would be interesting to see how we would be as a nation if voting was mandatory. There will be naysayers as always which could result in an uproar, because here in America we like our freedom and the rights to do what we want to do. This is why so many people want to come to our country. Granted more people do need to be more actively involved in politics.

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