In our system of government we are privileged with the option to take part in the political process that runs the country. It is our right to vote that lets the people influence change in policy and set the guidelines that politicians must follow to be elected representatives. This precious ability, which is most coveted in most non-democratic countries, is taken for granted in our own.
I believe that the low voter turnout in most elections is appalling. Why do people want to willingly give up their voice in our governmental system? Fewer than 37% of all eligible voters actually cast a ballot in the last presidential election. Many claim ignorance of political issues, but I believe that must stem from laziness. If people would try to get actively interested in the workings of the political realm, they could make themselves informed voters. Becoming informed can be as simple as reading a newspaper or watching the news.
If people do not become more active voters, the quality of the elected representatives will unquestionably decline. It is not hard to see why politicians do not focus on the 18 to 25 year old age group. They don't vote! It is not hard for a select group of Americans to control the whole system. Participation is key! There is nothing difficult about voting, so why don't more people take part in it? More importantly, what can be done to correct this issue?
In some countries there are legal repercussions for not voting, such as Australia. In ancient Grease, all citizens were required to vote at election time under penalty of imprisonment. This may not be the best course of action for America, were people might see it as imposing on there freedom of choice. There are other less dramatic options that can be considered.
Many voters are tied up in work during the daytime and evening. Extending the polling hours would help...