Not many countries have compulsory voting, in fact approximately only 40 countries do, and around 160 do not. As said in Document D, “Italy has mandatory voting and punishes non-voters. Italy ranks low among western countries on political satisfaction”. The document then goes on to say that “Switzerland and the U.S have the lowest voter turnout for western democracies, but among the highest satisfaction rates with their political institutions”. It is proven that countries with required voting get low satisfaction rates from their citizens, and countries that give their citizens the choice leave their people more happy with their government. Also, according to Document E, voting is required in Peru, and a fine of 35 U.S dollars is enforced if you do not vote. For someone in Peru who probably does not make much money, it could be very tough to leave your job and miss out on pay to vote. Also a fine for someone who cannot make it to the ballot could lead to much governmental resentment. Systems like these would leave Americans very frustrated with their government, and it will be very inconvenient for a large population of the working
Many Americans don't vote because they think their vote doesn't count. This is a common excuse that's rooted in the belief that the Electoral College chooses the President, not the voters. In reality, the popular vote in
Lastly, another reason people do not vote is simple; they are not educated. They don’t understand how the government system works. TCHI tells that “Texans were not aware about even voting” (Texas 21). Most Texans are not informed about what the politicians are offering either. This will result in an overwhelming feeling for whom they will be voting. This is why it is essential being informed and educated about
In some countries there are legal repercussions for not voting, such as Australia. In ancient Grease, all citizens were required to vote at election time under penalty of imprisonment. This may not be the best course of action for America, were people might see it as imposing on there freedom of choice. There are other less dramatic options that can be considered.
First of all, everyone should vote because voting is essential for a democracy. Democracy in a nation allows people to take part in their government. If a certain country does not have a democracy, then people don’t have the right to speak against dictators and their policies. For example, most of the Middle Eastern countries do not grant their citizens the right to vote. As a consequence, the militant groups such as ISIS are formed. These types of groups are fighting with their governments and yet the dictators are not leaving the office. In a democracy, people have the opportunity to vote for what they believe in. In order for voting to be successful, the citizens of the nation must be educated. According to the author Sam Fulwood, voters are less educated and they they don’t know the importance of it. “While only 19 percent of likely voters have completed at least some college, most non voters 54 percent
Our American Government text mentions 7 different reasons for exceptionally low voter turnout in the United States. These reasons range from not having mandatory elections to when the elections are held, but there are two reasons that I find to be the most influential.
If people do not vote, it would lead the country to a very vulnerable and perilous position due to incompetent and irresponsible leaders. Not voting during an election is voting indirectly against democracy and making way for irresponsible leaders (Akande, 2011).
The characteristics of people who are likely to vote are those that have a higher-than-average education. Additionally, young adults are less likely to vote since they do not follow politics regularly and the minorities in race as well as ethnicity are less likely to vote. Not to mention that women vote at a slightly lower rate than men as well as not married people. Lastly, people
The mass media is attacking Trump and not giving him a chance govern the United States of America.
Why would anyone choose not to vote? Everyone should go out and vote because every vote counts, it helps our democracy, and voting gives usd a say in choosing the best candidate for the job.
In the part pertaining to “Reasons for Not Voting” of the AmGov text it states that “Voter turnout increases directly with employment status and wealth, level of education, and age.” Drawing upon this information I feel that the age and money reasoning to voting is weak. I feel this way because my grandpa is not the wealthiest person and he still makes an effort to vote because he cares about how our country is going to be ran. Like any other ordinary patriotic citizen of the United States you vote to vote for one reason and one reason only, and that is to make sure your country ends up in the right hands. I also disagree with the age reasoning. I feel this way because many of young adults that I graduated with took voting very seriously, and
Their vote doesn't count. Some will say they put in office who they want anyways,getting registration can be confusing for people who move around a lot even from county to county or from one state to another state. Health reasons would keep people from voting. Getting off in time to go vote,or maybe out of town. people without transportation ,waiting in line is a horrible waste of time and energy. Many people don't like the bickering underlying the voting
Younger people ages 18 – 24 have been less likely to vote in the past due to lack of interest, money, or time to go. Also, they just had a lack of information so they just didn’t care to have
Why can’t we, as humans, simply decide what is good the country and what is bad for our country? The young people of our generation complain about having a bad leader, yet they cannot figure out that they themselves are the cause of this. The funny thing is we, as young New Zealanders, cannot accept the fact that we are to stubborn to know that we are slowly stopping to vote altogether. We blame the leaders of New Zealand for doing a poor job of keeping the country intact. Sometimes this is right, but most of the time… it is the the people. Our voting rates have been going down ever so much. According to Elections.org.nz only 1,240,740 people actually voted. Rounding up that is only 1,250,000. That is a bit over a quarter of the New Zealand population! If we want to get anywhere close to the whole country voting we have to bring in compulsory voting. Otherwise we would be left with three quarters of the country unsatisfied with our soon to be leader.
Why do people not bother to register or vote? From some perspectives it is the decision to vote rather than non-voting that is the issue. People do not vote because ‘they can’t, don’t want to, or weren’t asked’. There are three concepts of voting: Costs of voting (‘c’), the benefits of voting if one’s party were to win, (‘b’) and the probability of a vote having an effect (‘p’). This formula c + (b*p) states the probability of a person casting a vote. From the individuals