Do you think that every American should vote?

United States
October 28, 2008 7:36pm CST
Some people think that every single American should vote and looks down on those who don't. I agree that everyone who is able to should vote, but do you really want someone who is completely ignorant about politics to vote for the person who is going to be President of the U.S.? If they did, then the media would completely sway the vote? How do you feel about it?
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Yes, i wish everyone would vote, i also wish everyone would look up the candidates records for themselves because admit it or not most people depend on the media and the candidates themselves to help decide whom they are going to vote for,and you can't trust either!
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• Alexandria, Virginia
29 Oct 08
yes everyone should vote
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@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
29 Oct 08
The media does it's beat to sway the vote. Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are real bad at it. And no I do not believe everyone should vote. Very few people have anything more than the opinion of others about any national candidate. You can't cast an intelligent vote on this type of information. I have never voted and never will. I have two reasons for that. I don't stay well enough informed for one thing and I refuse to give anyone my permission to rip me and the other Americans off. If you vote for someone that is elected that is exactly what you have done. Sooner or later they will rip you off and you gave them your permission to do it.
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• Canada
29 Oct 08
I think that the voting percentage of the population is way too low in America, especially young voters (what was that, 18% of people 18-24). But knowledge is a necessity as well. People do need to know what they're voting for and should do some reserach before voting. Ignorant people voting sounds sketchy but so does only 55% of the population deciding on who the president is. What needs to change is the system of voting, looking at how the voting percentages in some other countries are incredibly high (like Italy and Denmark). P.S. sorry, I might be using Canadian statistics because that's where I'm from. America's should be even a bit lower.
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@celticeagle (117742)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Oct 08
I think we all have the right to vote. Whether we use that right or not is up to us. In a perfect world we all should vote. In a perfect world we should have someone worth voting for.
@kaui_808 (191)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I think every person who can vote, should...but i hate our system of voting every vote doesn't count but thats a discussion for a whole other topic!
@jordan04n (463)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Every American that allowed to vote because it is their responsibility to help choose a leader for their country no matter how smart they are or informed. It is part of who we are and why America is a great country.
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Yes, I think everyone should vote because that is one our rights as an American, but I also think that people should do their research on the candidates they are voting for, so that they are able to make an informed decision.....Happy Voting everyone..don't forget to vote...
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Hi , I think if you support the running mate that yeah you should vote . You could even vote for someone else if you want there are other choices out there .What annoys me is people who run their mouths and dont take the time out to vote. the know it alls.
@craftyuk (17)
29 Oct 08
although i am not American, i do believe that everyone who is eligible to vote has a responibility to vote. also, i do believe that if you don't vote you don't have a right to complain about the decisions the politicians make. i know that might be rather contraversial, but that's the way i see it.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
29 Oct 08
While I do not live in America, I live in Canada, I understand that some countries require citizens to vote. I do not live the idea of forcing citizens to vote as there is the distinct possibility of some uninformed dolt negating my informed vote. While the democratic voting system is not perfect, I dread the alternatives.
@juhi06 (1850)
• India
29 Oct 08
well dear friend frankly speaking it is the prerogative of each individual. by casting the vote one is fulfilling ones obligation and participating in the decision making, all issed out votes will otherwise result in perhaps wrong person being elected to the post!!
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I think that all Americans should vote but many are dis-enchanted and think by not voting they are going to change things. 40 years ago they taught Civics in High School it was required. They taught it actually 25 years ago in most schools but somewhere in about the mid to late 1980's it was not longer considered something children needed to know about or learn. Schools stopped teaching about civil rights, constitutional laws and rights, and pride in our nation. Most kids now don't even know what our nation and its legal system, checks and balances, senate and congress and house is. Or why they should vote the importance of voting. They are more concerned with the latest pop stars new CD release or movie stars newest love affair or sports stars career. So as a result our nation is having it's freedoms eroded and taken away mostly because of apathy and indifference.
• Philippines
29 Oct 08
Its defends to them. I think if they really care about their country and who the right leader to be in the top they should have to vote. Voting is not only for voting who you want to be on top but thats the way your saying you care to your country. Thats the right thing a poeple can share. You have the right to tell some people that who you want to be on top.
@summerli (110)
• China
29 Oct 08
i think it is necessary for everyone to vote,that is democracy
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
29 Oct 08
Though I'm not an American I think every able American should vote in the coming presidential election. The whole world is lookig for the result of American election.Like the Americans world citizens also like changes of American policy.Because world politics mostly depend on American policy. Mainly policy on terrorism and economy. My view is Barak Obama can bring this change.I beg apology to the Amrican myLot friends to make such comment being an outsider.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Its up to the individual, but if they dont vote they shouldnt winge about who gets in...
• Canada
29 Oct 08
Yes because a lot of the people who don't complain about the government. Everyone must put an effort in to learn there candidates and what they stand for so that the democracy of the people are happy. Happy Voting. Don't be effortless or lazy!
• Canada
29 Oct 08
I think every American should vote because a large percentage of those who don't vote are always the ones that are complaining about the government. You shouldn't be able to complain unless you actually voted and had a reason why you voted that way. If everyone knew what there candidates stood for and what they believed in and in addition having everyone vote then more people would be happy. That wont happen tho if people dont but some effort in to learn whos running and for what they stand for and most important for what they stand for.
• United States
29 Oct 08
I don't think everyone should vote, to most teens voting isn't that crucial, neither is the next president. I know I will register, but most likely i will probably forget to vote, as this is the highest reason why the younger generation doesn't vote today.