Get Today in Opinion in your inbox: These are serious questions. To vote, prerequisite lectures in economic, legal, and philosophical knowledge are not needed. A vote can only be of value if it produces some tangible benefit.
There is no valid reason to argue that someone cannot be a good citizen unless he or she votes. True, most rights have inherent obligations. Every one of those rights also entails a corresponding right: Moral issues are far more crucial than economic factors.
Compulsory voting can be seen as infringing a basic freedom of the citizen. It certainly is a value to the person who wants to vote, but from the point of view of the country, although the extra vote may direct the result one way or the other, the vote in itself, is meaningless.
In certain instances you might even have an obligation not to vote. Veterans fought and troops now are fighting to keep Americans free, not to keep them tied down with endless obligations.
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Even though history has proven that democratic governments provide the people with more benefits than autocratic ones, this is still beside the point, as it is not good government that justifies democracy anyway.
Just as freedom of religion encompasses the freedom to practice no religion, your freedom to vote for the candidate of your choice includes the freedom to vote for no candidate at all.
It is one of those issues, I respectfully suggest, upon which good people may disagree without dissension. But if the vote is not qualified, how can there be a quality in the vote?
But veterans fought for much more than just the right to vote. The judge cautions them to not allow personal feelings to influence their decision, but only to come to what they believe is the right and just result by deliberating over everything they have learned in court, no matter how long it takes.
These historical observations are not void of merit. Lipscomb wrote a book titled Civil Government. Rather democracy exists purely for the sake of giving the people what they want.
How can I, voting for what I myself want, be in any way performing a service for some else? Of course, the no-complaining argument might mean something different. Others argued similarly long before he lived.
But even then, exigent circumstances, one would think, would demand encouraging people who were not sure to abstain from having an influence.
By this logic, the Koch brothers have more right to complain than almost anybody—while a non-voting waitress who gets laid off because of a recent hike in the minimum wage has none. This is a serious question for many people as the election season approaches.
Does a right also imply an obligation? How in the name of common sense could a Christian ignore these vital issues in deference to less-important considerations? The fact that a woman has a right to an abortion [in societies where it is held to be a right] hardly means that she must exercise that right.
Comparing the value of a jury decision Voting cannot be compared with the deliberations of a jury.Helium: "A case against compulsory voting can be founded on the fact that voting is a right, but not strictly an obligation.
True, most rights have inherent obligations. True, most rights have inherent obligations. Voting should be an obligation not an option Living in America gives each person individual freedom.
The freedom is yours to express your own opinion and to vote. Whether or not we choose to exercise these rights is the decision that every American citizen makes. Are not rights and obligations almost opposites?
A right is something you are privileged to be granted; while an obligation is something you are required to do, generally because of a situation you have volitionally placed yourself in. In certain instances you might even have an obligation not to vote.
If you sincerely believe the system is rigged, as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump claim, then maybe you should abstain—lest. In much the same way, you have the right to worship freely, the right to express your views, the right to run for public office — but no obligation to do any of them.
No voting should not be compulsory. It is an individual's choice whether they wish to vote or not vote in an election of any kind. Maybe they don't like the candidates .Download