Although every citizen has a constitutional right to and the obligation to vote, many people avoid voting. There are several reasons why people do not vote: such they do not understand the political process, people would rather do something else which they consider more important than voting, they mistrust the government, lethargy or not caring enough to try and change the state of things. People sacrificed their lives to get the right to get for fair and equal voting rights for all. It should be made compulsory for every US citizen to t go and vote on Election Day. It is unfair to many disadvantaged and deprived people in many parts of the world who would give anything for the right to vote, but are denied the important opportunity that Americans so easily throw away.
People from other countries think that Americans are ungrateful for living in a free country and having the power to elect the person that thinks is good to run the country for four years. They would be right because they would love the chance to have a say in the way their country runs and potentially improve their lives through it, while we don’t bother to vote but then complain if things don’t go the way that we want. Not voting when you have the right to is showing disrespect of the constitution and the country and it also disrespects those that fought and struggled for the right to vote and be treated fairly, because to not vote is to devalue the contribution and sacrifice that they made for this to be a free country.
However, it is possible that many people do not value their freedom because they are ignorant of their own history.
The school system should value important historical figures just as much as presidents so people are more aware of the struggles that they endured and then they would be more likely to want to vote. People who do not vote should not complain because they have not made the effort to influence policy in the ways that would make it better. If you’ve done all that you can but it hasn’t worked, however, you and everyone else being critical of the government is perfectly reasonable because things are going wrong despite every citizen’s best efforts.
The main argument against making voting obligatory is that the people that aren’t voting usually do not really care, and will just pick randomly and make bad choices and destabilize the votes of those that really care about the country and their vote. However, although people may not actively vote to improve their country, they wouldn’t actively vote to make it worse, so if they had to vote they would put some effort in. If we all had to vote, we would all understand more and the country would be better off.
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