Monday, 19 March 2012

Small Thoughts: Voting

I'm going to start doing a series of small posts about random topics that have come up during my day. I just think this might be a bit fun!

So I was talking to my brother today and we discussed the voting system.

Now, this may sound controversial but bear with me for a moment.

We are told that everyone has the right to vote.

Would you let these kind of people vote?


This woman is Shannon Matthew's mother. She had her daughter 'kidnapped' to make money off deals with newspapers and donations from the public after the disappearance of Maddie McCann in Portugal.

Maybe everyone has the right to vote.

But does that mean everyone should vote? No, it doesn't. Because saying everyone should vote would only work when everyone voting has the mental capacity to make a logical and sound judgement.

So what do you think?

Kamille

14 comments:

  1. This is a difficult topic without, in my mind, a simple yes or no answer.

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    1. I know. We even had to argue this in class once. We came to the conclusion that anyone guilty of a serious crime should not be allowed to vote until a short time period after their conviction.

      I personally think the government should focus on educating the population so they have the ability to use their vote wisely.

      But then we'd all know when politicians are pulling the other one so I think they'd rather we stayed in the dark.

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  2. The problem is, who gets to determine the profile of a qualified voter? By what standard? And who sets that standard? Can you trust the people who make those decisions? This is why we have the Electoral College system in the US. In theory, each State's electors are supposed to give wise, sane votes for President. Most of the time these reflect the popular vote. But they are at liberty to go against the popular vote if they feel the popular vote has been improperly influenced. It's controversial, but as I understand it, it exists to avoid the kind of issue you raise.

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    1. I don't think people should qualify to vote but people who commit a crime should be barred for a short period of time. Maybe for 5 years after found guilty.

      I dunno. I kinda like the UK system. The only problem is that most people don't vote. It's probably a good thing though. I once saw a woman at a polling station. She could barely read the card. Meanwhile her kid had run off. Lol.

      That's not a bad system. Sounds a bit odd though. States are rather independent there right?

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    2. I'm probably not explaining it well, but it's the system that was laid out in the Constitution, so it's the way they've been doing it here since George Washington was elected President. That doesn't automatically make it right, and there have been those that have lobbied for a change to a straight popular vote system. However, it is what it is, and I at least appreciate the motive behind it.

      When it comes to elections, States do have a certain amount of autonomy, especially regarding the mechanics of voting (electronic, punch cards, tick-the-box, etc.). However, I think there are some Federal mandates that all need to comply with. But the voting ballots in each state will differ, since there will be candidates for local offices on the sheet, as well as issues of local concern to vote on.

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    3. It's quite nice that the states are like their own little country.

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    4. You have electronic ways to vote?

      Our slip of paper looks stupid now.

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  3. I think everyone has the right to vote, but everyone should decide whether they actually know enough to vote.

    Perhaps everyone could be given a test to make sure they know the basics, before they cast a vote? :) haha

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    1. Another problem arises when some people think they know enough.

      I personally think we should adopt a system where each person is given like 5 points and then they can choose how they wish to allocate those points to a list of political parties

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  4. Hmm...there really is no right/wrong answer to this, I think, much like many issues that need to be voted for. That's what we get for living in a gray world instead of a black-and-white one. XD

    Even if everyone shouldn't vote, there's a good chance that they don't go to vote, anyway. Lots of people are lazy like that, unfortunately, despite having this amazing right that could be denied us.

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    1. It would be nice to live in a black and white world for a while! Not for too long though! I like complexity!

      I know lol! But the section of people who don't vote includes some clever people who can make logical judgements and know when someone is lying. For example, half of my cousins don't vote because they say "there's no point" which is a statement that could do some harm int he future.

      People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people - V for Vendetta

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    2. Oh, so true. I know some people who don't vote for the same reason, or because they don't want to get on the government's radar and be forced to do jury duty. (Which is completely ridiculously to me. Anyone who's never voted can easily still get a jury duty summons eventually.)

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    3. I would love to do jury duty! Seriously! I'd go against what everyone else was saying just to piss everyone off since we'd be there forever! What a way to waste time!!

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