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US citizens have the right to vote but when it comes to voting in elections voter turnout has shown to be traditionally low at between 50 and 70 percent of eligible voters. The lack of participation in the political process shows that election results are not indicative of the views of the people as a whole which undermines certain democratic values. The people who are voting are more likely to heavily favor one of the two major parties which makes those parties focus on appealing to their extremes by tackling more specific issues that don’t apply to the majority of the population. These factors give a a good case for there to be a compulsory voting law that encourages more people to vote.
When a large part of the eligible public doesn’t vote, elections results are skewed to the opinions of those that do vote, which questions the validity and integrity of the voting process. Allowing more people to vote by making it mandatory would make it so that more of the non-voting population, which comprise of a lot of younger, poorer, or less educated people, get a say in the process which would make politicians focus more on those groups. Having a lot of people not voting can also be disrespectful to how the right to vote was fought for and how many other countries don’t have the same right. Many people complain about the state of politics while not bothering to vote themselves. But even if the higher turnout doesn’t matter as much, the other important impact is how it would change politicians and how they would put more emphasis on the middle voters and more general problems, without having to simply be trying to convince people to vote by exaggerating the other party.
One arguments against compulsery voting are that voting is a right which also means the right not to vote, but this is easily disproven as voting has the option to not choose, you simply have to turn up. Taxes and jury duty are both mandatory and government involved and those are not questioned. Another argument is that many of the people who would vote would be uninformed in politics, however at the same time voting would be treated more like a civic duty and people would be more inclined to learn about politics and make the right decision, and many of the people who are already voting are uniformed anyway. In addition, Australia has a compulsory voting law and sees over 90 percent turnout, and sees success in a mostly corruption free voting and a 70 percent approval rating. It has certain problems in its government from time to time but is more efficient in dealing with them in the long run with parties being more stable.

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