Hey it’s Amanda!
Today, while looking through various articles about voting, I came across one CNN article in which top political analysts hypothesized what would happen if Americans were forced to vote. I personally am not registered to vote, because I don’t really understand politics and I feel like my vote doesn’t count. In my opinion, if Americans were forced to vote, or fined if they didn’t vote, not only is that very un-American, but as my good friend, a poly-sci major, pointed out, it would skew the voting because people would vote not because they were actually interested but because they would be required to. Yes, our country was founded on the principles of democracy, but democracy also includes the freedom to not vote if you don’t want to.
What do you guys think would happen if voting was made to be mandatory? Would it help or hinder the American political process?
Here’s the original article, by various CNN political analysts: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/03/opinion/opinion-roundup-mandatory-voting/