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Should voting be made mandatory in the U.S.?
Brett Scuiletti/ Columnist
Many people say “go out and vote,” but sometimes
those same people need to watch their mouths.
There is a trend building steam – one that would
abruptly and forcefully alter the political landscape so that
it would be unrecognizable by most eyes.
The low voter turnout for elections in recent history has
sparked tremendous interest in the creation of a new law, one
that would make voting mandatory.
Nations such as Australia and Brazil have made voting
compulsory and other nations have recorded much larger voter
turnouts despite no law mandating one to vote.
A law forcing citizens to vote, many claim, would produce a
fairer and more balanced electoral decision, prompted by the
fact that the vast number of people in the nation are
This speculation, however, has its faults because it does
not take into account the people themselves.
Many Americans, both young and old, do not properly inform
themselves on various issues, whether it is something as
extreme as abortion or as redundant as tax
This uninformed populace does not follow the news or
political schemes and can be dangerous if they
Forcing people to vote who are unaware of the necessary
information to make trustworthy decisions could be
There is already a sweeping number of people who vote based
on political parties, and that number would only increase if
people who did not know election issues had to walk into a
voting booth and choose a candidate by law.
Similarly, those who are informed on most issues and vote to
better their nation would be grossly outnumbered and their
vote would be worth much less than it would if uninformed
voters remained away from the election booths.
Even knowing this information, some might persist mandating
voting would make people actively seek out political
Humanity, however, does not awaken just because they know
that they have to do something.
After all, everyone in a math class knows that they have a
test coming up and there are always a number of people who
Another criticism might be that, if everyone has to vote,
then everyone has a say in the election.
This may be true, but everyone has a say in the United
States if they are legal to vote right now.
If people choose not to exercise their right to vote, that
decision is saying a lot more than a large number of people
who are unaware of whom they are voting for and of issues
they are voting on flooding polls to vote.
Choice is vital in a democracy; the decision not to vote
because one is unaware of the news is just as dignified as
the decision to vote because one is informed.
Both voting without knowledge of electoral issues and not
voting because of laziness, even though one is informed, are
unacceptable risks, but they are worth it to maintain a
balanced political atmosphere.
In an ideal society, everyone capable of voting would know
all the issues and then head to the nearest election
Unfortunately, ideal situations are often hard to come
Realistically, the U.S. is right where it should be, with
those who choose to vote and those who choose not
Choose to vote first, then choose a candidate, because
skipping that first step could cause major problems.
But, if you wish to take the ideal step, choose to understand important issues, and then cast one simple, powerful vote.
Contact Brett Scuiletti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 278-7247.