Should Voting be mandatory for all US citizens 18 and up?

By: Michelle Gonzalez and Sam Landau

During our class discussions we have touched upon many important topics. Sam and I thought it was only necessary to cover the topic of voting and maniates put together as we have just gone through the craziest election. We have touched upon whether voting should be mandatory for all US citizens 18 and up. Well discussing with the class we have gained some knowledge of our fellow peers and their understanding on voting and the rights that we have as a community. 

We opened up the diccion with “ Should voting be mandatory for all US citizens 18 and up”, we only had one person agree with this statement while the rest of the class disagreed. Everything we picked up was that most people do not have the resources to make these decisions nor even be able to take off work to go out and vote. They believed there would have to be incentives to conduct this mandate. There was a statement made that one peers father lived in a country where voting is mandatory for all citizens and if they did not comply they would be fined up to $100, and she continued to tell us she knows people who would just take the fine because they could not ethically vote because A, they were not educated enough and B they did not agree with either candidate running. 

By the end of our discussion we concluded with another poll of who believed voting should be mandated for all us citizens 18 and up and that one person who believed it should be a law, changed her views and now has a clear understanding as to why her views have changed for the better. 

On June 4th, 1919 congress passed and ratified on August 18, 1920 the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.  The 19th amendment legally guarantees American women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle—victory took decades of agitation and protest. The United States has had their ups and downs with voting rights and in our present day, we have finally reached an all time freedom of speech for all americans. Being able to vote is not only a pregiage but it should be an honor for those who may not have been able to in the past. Some people in the world still are not able to vote for who is going to lead their country. Voting should be a choice not a force.

Overall the deliberation was a success, we got to hear everyone’s point of view and everyone was respectful of those opinions, being shared. It was a clear understanding that everyone was not for the voting mandate nor believed this law could ever really be enforced with the Americans and the government we have. Sam and I believe that voting should be used for your voice and opinions to shared if you do care to speak up and make a change.