Compulsory Voting

Jordan Coleman

In Ms. Benons 10th grade LSN Government classes, students are working on an Evidence Based Argument (EBA). An EBA is a constructed response used to build a case that supports your claim to a given question. The topic of discussion for the EBA is compulsory voting. Students were given the question; should voting be mandatory in America? Students were then asked to write a thesis statement on whether they support mandatory voting or disagree with the idea all together. Compulsory voting and mandatory voting are effects on government laws that require all citizens from the respective nation to vote in political elections. In countries with compulsory voting there are penalties set in place if a citizen does not vote, such as fines, limits on certain rights, or a required explanation on why they did not vote. The overall idea of compulsory voting is to encourage a higher rate of voter participation so that all voters can be heard. With every citizen voting, government officials have a better idea on what the majority of the population expects and the decisions of the people will be supported. On the other hand, required voting also causes conflict with people who simply do not want to vote, and it does not fix the overall problem of why people do not vote. Voting awareness also plays a huge role on whether or not people vote. If eligible voters are educated on how the voting system works then voter participation will be increased however, if voting is required then voters will already know the norm and will follow the rule implemented.

Many younger voters do not know the importance as well and that circles back to the education of voting, if the knowledge is not being shared then why vote?

The contreversioal topic of whether voting should be mandatory or not is still one to be discussed on.