The Pros And Cons Of Vertory Voting In The United States

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The United States runs on democracy. That much is common knowledge. People vote on issues as mundane as where to have lunch to as important as who they want as the president. Do people actually vote for politicians and issues though? Despite being labeled as a democracy, the United States has a voter turnout far lower than other democratic countries.1 In turn, the votes of the people do not accurately represent the diversity of the same people.2 State governments are already attempting to remedy this. Some states have implemented same day voter registration and in the case of Oregon, automatic voter registration.3 Low voter turnout is still a problem though. What is another option to consider? That would be mandatory voting. An obvious benefit of mandatory voting is that it would increase the voter turnout drastically. Other countries have already proven this. Belgium's voter turnout is one of the highest in the world.4 Perhaps this is due to the fact that Belgium implemented compulsory voting in 1892 for men and in 1949 for women.5 This is just one country though. If it was the only one with these results, one could claim that there is no correlation between compulsory voting and high voter turnouts. However, Belgium, Turkey, and Australia all have mandatory voting and average voter turnouts above 80%.6 In fact, Australia had similar turnout rates to the United States before adopting compulsory voting. In its election of 1925, the voter turnout jumped

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