The main argument against making voting compulsory is that the people that aren’t voting currently don’t care, and will just pick randomly and could make bad choices and undermine the votes of those that thought carefully.
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.
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A New Hampshire Senate race was decided by two votes out of 223,363 in 1974.
It’s best to make use of that right instead of squandering it and disregarding what our Founders stood for.If you don’t even try to influence policy in the ways that you can, you can’t then moan about how rubbish everything is.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.Select ' OK' to allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or ' Manage options' to review our partners and your choices.Tip: Sign In to save these choices and avoid repeating this across devices.But when people fought so hard to get fair and equal voting rights for all, it should be a legal requirement that every US citizen turns out on election day and votes.For a start, not voting when you have the right to is disrespectful to a lot of people.These people may feel that we are ungrateful what they have, and 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 moan if things don’t go the way that we want.This is another reason that we should have to vote: because otherwise you shouldn’t have the right to complain.You can always update your preferences in the Privacy Centre.SHAVONNE JOHNSON INDIANAPOLIS, IN Born: 1979 Essay themes: Political education, outreach to young people from older generations, young people's responsibility JENNIFER MARTY SYRACUSE, IN College student Born: 1980 Essay themes: Perceived lack of voter influence, college student accessibility SARA NIEDERHAUS GREENFIELD, IN High school student Born: 1981 Essay themes: Life styles more busy than ever before, voter education classes DANIEL TWEEDALL II EVANSVILLE, IN High school student Born: 1982 Essay theme: Electoral College ANN BUTKIEWIC TERRE HAUTE, IN High school student Born: 1982 Essay themes: Teen forum with candidates, increased accessibility of registration information, making voting easier Voting is perhaps the most important part of our Democratic government.