Why People Should Vote.
The process of voting gives an individual the opportunity to choose the opinion or idea that he supports. People may feel obligated to vote only to exhibit their democratic right or just to follow the trend (Singer, n.d.). These cannot be the reasons to vote. Often, while we select an opinion to support, we, consciously or not, consider the ethical and moral reasons as why to select that particular opinion. In this essay, I will be arguing the reasons for which people should involve themselves in voting.
I will now present what I consider to be the prime reason for voting. People see vote as a medium to express their views and opinions. They expect that through voting they can create a message that will speak for them to the authority (Singer, n.d.). This platform of expression is a crucial tool for the mass as this is where they can display their level of satisfaction and get the opportunity to support and bring desirable change. Although, when a person votes to bring a change does not mean that the particular change will definitely happen. Yet, the fact that the change is in demand even by fewer people will come to notice. Voting makes a clear indication of what the popular demand is. It puts value on the opinion of the people and ensures that those opinions are noted (Hopster, 2017). Therefore, it will be fair to say that voting brings recognition to what the viewpoints of the people and hence it requires active participation of the people.
Here, I will present the reason, which I see as the best objection to the argument presented in the previous paragraph. While taking a decision, people bears the thought in mind that their action will have a prominent mark in the outcome. Also in voting, people want their vote to be recognised evidently. Yet, it is evident that a single vote does not make any difference in the result of a presidential election. Neither it is significant in the margins of the victory of the candidate (Hopster, 2017). Hence, people see voting as an event where their opinions do not make any consequential difference and doubt in their participating in the process. Each person become determined that is vote does not play any crucial part in the electoral process. Therefore, their understanding of the meaninglessness in voting, as to them it is a fruitless action that does not make any difference, make it reasonable not to vote.
Now I will present the response that I consider to be the best for objection made in last section. As a process where any person can choose according to their opinion and express their opinion openly, voting is vital for the society. Although it is true that one vote does not make any difference in the result of the election, yet it is crucial to determine how much support and power the winning candidate will possess (Singer, n.d.). The efficacy of the elected person depends on the number of votes he gained in the process of winning. The difference in the margins of gained votes governs the power entrusted to him. Hence, every vote makes a difference where it comes to the power of the winning candidate. Even knowing that one has supported a candidate who has the possibility to lose, one must vote, in order to make the opponent candidate less powerful in his office (Hopster, 2017). This support in the office is called mandate and it plays a decisive part in the works of an official. Thereafter, it can be said that even though a single vote does not make any significant change in the outcome of an election, it will be justified to say that it plays a pivotal part in building the support for an elected candidate.
Voting is an inevitable part of the society. Participating in it or not is an individual choice. Few people may see it as an action that does not give any personal value, whereas some see it a significant part of their life. Before making that choice every people must put each aspect of it into consideration. The considerations that I discussed in this essay can bring the conclusion that voting is a significant responsibility of every person. The consequence of voting may not be explicitly evident in the result, yet it can not be missed that each vote plays an essential role in the determination of the strength of an official
Singer, P. (n.d.). Ethics in the real world.
Hopster, J. (2017). Review of Peter Singer's Ethics in the real world: 82 brief essays on things that matter. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016, 355 pp. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 10(1), p.120.