Every four years in America, a president is elected or re-elected. Millions of voters turn up that day to vote, hoping in earnest that their candidate shall have the most electoral votes. When results are tallied and T’s are crossed, some find that their candidate has not won and are furious; people that showed up to vote had no clue which issues each candidate stood for in the election. That is why voting should not be mandatory.
First of all, voters are adults. As adults, they have a fully mature brain that tells them whether or not they want to take on something. Especially living in the big USA, Americans are big on their rights and don’t take being told what to do too easily. When the government issues a law on compulsory voting, be assured that there will likely be a riot of people waiting on the steps of Congress, demanding that they can decide for themselves whether they want to vote or not. Mainly, Americans view voting as a right and a privilege. If voting were the number one priority and they wanted to be part of their country’s decision making process, then kudos to those people. If not, then it should be their business, not the governments, to make them take the initiative to vote. After all, it is a free country.
Second, many people do not care about the issues that go on in the country. If countries made their people vote, voting results would be flawed. If they don’t care about the issues, they don’t know about them either, so why should they be made to vote? Their two cents may go towards a good cause, but is the result effective? A great number of people also do not have the time dedicated to voting. Some would say, if you don’t have time, then make time. How ever these words of wisdom may be taken, if adults do not even have time to spend with their kids, how are they supposed to put voting before their family? Most would say that a person that lives in a country should have to be part of the changes that happen in it. However, many would also say that the only reason for being a citizen is to use the country’s resources. For example, I have family members who came all the way from Asia to live in the United States. Once here, they apply for citizenship, take the test, and once they have passed, become a citizen. To put it bluntly, they are here for two reasons: to be free and make money. They care little about candidates or issues. If these were the people that were made to vote, could they vote if they were not educated and informed about the constant changes and debates? The issue isn’t just getting everyone to participate in voting, but to educate them as well so that elections would be fair and an ingenious candidate would be chosen. If compulsory voting is to be passed, then with it should be laws requiring all voters to understand issues and beliefs of all candidates running for an election.
Fortunately, America is a Democracy: by the people and for the people. The people should decide whether voting is right for them or not, and I, as part of the people, have decided that voting should not be mandatory.