Compulsory Voting: A Possible Cure for Partisanship and Apathy in U.S. Politics

Voting lies at the core of the democratic system of government; it is the citizen’s opportunity to influence the political machine and shape government policy. The very definition of a democracy is “[g]overnment by the people, either directly or through representatives elected by the people.” However, over the last twenty years, voter participation in the United States has fluctuated between fifty and sixty percent in presidential elections. Even in the highly contentious presidential race of 2004, voter turnout was estimated not to have exceeded sixty percent.4 Turnout has been even lower in senatorial and representative races.5 Put simply, “[t]he problem of the twentieth century has shown itself to be that of persuading the peoples to make use of the right for which they clamored . . . .”   (Excerpt from Article)

Author: Eric Lund

For full article, see Volume 31: Issue 1