Voting is one of these rights that was once only considered a privilege, eligible for a particular gender and ethnicity. For many years this meant that the only group of people allowed to vote were white males. Today, things are different and everyone has the choice to vote after they reach the age of eighteen. The right to vote is a powerful right that we must take advantage of because. The right to vote represents freedom and life.
A healthy representative democracy depends on citizens exercising their right to vote. Galston writes:. Jury duty is mandatory; why not voting? The idea seems vaguely un-American. And it would ease the intense partisan polarization that weakens our capacity for self-government and public trust in our governing institutions.
There are a number of reasons why people may not vote: a lack of understanding of politics, people being busier, a lack of trust in the government, laziness, not caring or even contentment with how things are. 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.
The last thing that this country needs is for the people to resent our government because of punishments linked to compulsory voting. America has always been the land of the free and a country with limited restriction on the people. That is why compulsory voting is not in the United States best interest. It is important that the people do not become dissatisfied with the government over voting.