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In today’s democratic system there are many factors that can be described as great threats. Three factors that seem to pose the biggest threat to the democratic system are low voter turnouts, media and its impact, as well as gerrymandering. Although these factors make our system a democratic republic, they still have negative effects. Despite the fact that these factors pose problems, there are remedies to fix them.

Democracy and developing countries
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  The "old" and "new" powers involved in negotiations during transition period can span from military and political parties in Latin America, state and civil society in Eastern and Central Europe to ethnic tribes in Africa. Until the general consensus about the democracy as the only desirable regime is achieved, the country can be driven back to regression, as it happened in Nicaragua or Algeria. 5 Two main schools of thought emerged regarding the relationship between democracy and development. Some…...
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Abraham Lincon’s definition of Democracy
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Australia is a representative democracy in the sense that we have near universal suffrage and regular elections are held, this however does not invalidate the claim that there is a ruling class that wields disproportionate influence and power over societies culture, as well as economic and political decision-making. This is not merely a circle of 'elites' who have control of power, but a group whose source of power stems from their class position in society. The ruling class is not…...
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Non-Democratic Countries
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Non Democracy In non-democratic countries people are not participating in political process and they were restricted by central body. The government has absolute powers over its citizens and nobody have a right to freely participate in election, decision making process and so on. The government dominated everything and every activity within the territory of its sovereignty. Furthermore, the government has an authority to practice some policy to mobilize people for particular purposes like demonstrating against some countries or the activity…...
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Moore’s Paths to Dictatorship and Democracy
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Barrington Moore's Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Social Origins), while hardly an appropriate choice for bedtime reading, is not restricted to an audience of erudite, arcane academics. Unlike, for example, Neumann's Behemoth, Moore does not make numerous references to obscure philosophers and events, degenerate into tangents, or write in long-winded or convoluted prose littered with "isms." Instead, in such a manner that it can be comprehended by policy makers, academics or intelligent non-specialists, Moore clearly articulates his thesis, which…...
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Are liberalism and democracy compatible?
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  The individual, its rights and freedom are the essence of liberalism. John Stuart Mill once wrote "Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign". Liberalism is the belief that we are free to make our own mistakes, decide our own lifestyle, choose our own way of living, pursue our own thoughts and philosophies, provided we don't infringe on other people's freedom. It tolerates and respects differing views, and appreciates diversity as essential to social and…...
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What are the key indicators of successful democratization and how do these relate to the core values of democracy?
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Democracy is a form of government where leadership of the country, state or organization is placed in the hands of the majority. The way democracy is defined is not unanimously agreed but though this is the case, there are two important attributes that any democracy must consist of that is; all citizens must enjoy their liberties and freedoms and that all citizens must be equal and able to access power without limitations. Democratization of leadership is the transformation of other…...
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‘Economic development is a necessary and sufficient condition for democracy’
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The last thirty years has seen an unparalleled growth in the spread of democracy. The growth, identified by Huntington as the 'Third Wave' has driven academics to question what independent variables are required for successful democratisation. The concept of 'democracy' is inherently confusing, thus before we can contribute to the debate we must first define the key term democracy. Whilst political theorists disagree as to what constitutes a democracy this essay will follow Samuel Huntington's procedural definition that a society…...
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Birch’s Theory of Democratic Deficit
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Although Britain has been a member of the European Union since 1973, there are still many areas of contention regarding conditions of membership and levels of participation. Sceptics use issues surrounding sovereignty, democracy and accountability and interventionalism both on a bureaucratic and socio-economic level as a tool to beat pro Europeans, citing these areas as a direct affront to the ethos of the contemporary British system. Birch draws out the idea of a 'democratic deficit'. He goes on to explain…...
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Great Democratic Leaders
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The difference between a good leader and a great leader, is that a good leader works towards protecting the existing set of circumstances by minimizing risk to see little growth. While great leaders, have a powerful ability to call people to action to change the current conditions, even if it comes with the risk of suffering. Two of the most prominent examples of great leaders in ancient history are Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. They exemplified an attitude of…...
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Socrates’ Impact on Society
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The Trail of Socrates occurs in 399 BCE. This was shortly after the Peloponnesian War where Athens fell to defeat against Sparta. Athens’s government at this time was a democracy. Because of the young Athenians having different people impact their decisions Athens society went through a change. One main person who is a suspect for this change is Socrates. This is why he got the charge for corrupting the youth of Athens along with not worshipping the Gods of the…...
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Efficacy, Trust, and Political Behavior
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What do these terms mean to American politics? According to We the People, the definition of trust is “The people of the Americas’ mindset and hope in their nation's government” (Ginsberg, p. 7). Recently, our nation's political trust has declined and as mentioned by We the People, “Although many groups in America are supportive towards their government's views, many still distrust their government's abilities.” (Ginsberg, p. 7). Political trust is a major component of creating a successful democracy, but as…...
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Voting Compulsory in America
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Voting in America has always been an option for citizens but over the years it has dramatically decreased in participation. In 2014 the low voter turnout was 46.7 % and discussions about making voting mandatory have been up for debate. Voting compulsory has been a law in multiple democratic countries for decades and has been very progressive. By making voting mandatory you get a more specific and better outcome of who citizens want/to prefer to elect. Additionally, this law would…...
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Power of Election
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Commission of India to register FIRs and Criminal Complaints The election is one of the most important pillars of Democracy. But nowadays, the process of election is getting contaminated and corrupt and not only this even the candidates are getting enrolled with having a criminal background. It was predicted by Mr. C. Rajagopalachari, 25 years ago wrote in his prison diary: “Elections and their corruption, injustice, and tyranny of wealth, and inefficiency of administration, will make a hell of life…...
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Bureaucracy for modern government
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What are the implications for liberal democracy? Why is this the case and what are the implications for liberal democracy? The rise of bureaucracy in Western States over the last century has been somewhat dramatic, for instance since the early nineteenth century the level of bureaucrats in Britain has risen from 20,000 to an estimated 500,000 today (Meny and Knapp 1998, p. 246). There have been many criticisms of state administration or bureaucracy the most important of them being that…...
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How to get young people vote
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The youth form the biggest number in the country’s population and are the large percentage of voters (about 60%). All decisions and services made by the government and the parliament affect largely the youth. The youth are not satisfied by the current political leaders, government officials and the members of parliament because they are not making sound decisions with regard to the wellbeing of the country. The politicians are selfish and greedy (Ed Gillespie, October 13, 2004). These issues have…...
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The era of press barons and its harmful effects
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The private realm of public figures The press, in its bid for more "scoops", has a tendency to invade the private realm of public figures and members of the Royal family, under the veneer of "investigative journalism". The availability of bugging and telephone tapping devices in the market facilitate the press's recordings of some shocking private conversation between the Prince of Wales and his close friend, Camilla Parker Bowles and led to the publication of the transcript of the Camilliagate…...
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ZBC-TV news
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This dissertation investigates the notion that ZBC - TV news hour is wont to favour or promote ideas espoused by the ruling party and government at the expense of other oppositional political voices. The main thrust of this study has been to investigate how news content of ZBC's news hour was structured especially during the 2002 Presidential Election Campaign. The investigation was done during the campaign period but the quantitative data used here only encompasses the period between December 1,2001…...
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The Relationship Between Power and Space
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2.4WHAT IS POWERDefinition of power, which can merely be defined as, the capacity to do others make what you would hold them make. Or what Foucault believes that power is non merely a negative, coercive or inhibitory thing that forces us to make things against our wants, but can besides be a necessary, productive and positive force in society”Yet Power is refrained to be talked about.it can sound chilling and possibly evil, by some. We feel uncomfortable calling it. In…...
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Southern Europe
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Introduction We define Southern Europe as Spain, Italy and Greece. These three countries have in common to be relatively young democracies, built on the remains of authoritarian regimes after WW2. They also share a long track record as Mediterranean powers. Can we nevertheless say that the quality of democracy in Southern Europe is poor? Although they have a recent history of political crisis and instability, sometimes aggravated by corruption issues, Spain, Italy and Greece have shown democratic resilience throughout their…...
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Rousseau’s Lawgiver
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau believed that only the general will, the will of all people together granted sovereignty. In his Book, 'The Social Contract', Rousseau highlights the need for a lawgiver. He considers the possibility that that the General will err, if it errs, it would simply not be the General will of the people. "The general will is always right and is always tends towards the public utility. However, it does not follow that the deliberations of the people always have…...
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Pluralism of Robert Dahl
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This broad question can be asked in a few different ways to help us decipher what its intention is, and also to provide a rough guide to the path to be taken to answer it. Can the existence of pluralism be said to also mean the existence of democracy? Is pluralism the closest we can get to democracy, for the type of societies we live in today (in the West)? Or, is pluralism a diluted form of democracy, in the…...
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Public service Broadcasting
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Throughout this essay I intend to look at the history of Public service broadcasting to gain an understanding of its significance and in order to analyse its relevance in today's modern society. I will also be focusing on the arguments and evidence surrounding the end of public service broadcasting so that I can determine whether this claim is justified. 1. According to the Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies, the term public service broadcasting refers to any broadcasting system whose…...
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All political parties are prey to the iron law of oligarchy
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  This is what Michels described as the 'substitution of ends'- the official ends are abandoned and the organisation's survival becomes the real ends. 8 Secondly the recently elevated party officials change as they leave the ranks of the masses and enter the political elite taking on board their issues, interests and values - they undergo their own 'substitution of ends'. This class movement is particularly significant in socialist parties where members will often come from the working classes and…...
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This paper aims to examine Mabini’s political stance for the Filipino Nation
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The years in which the Malolos Republic came into existence was a time filled with controversy for the Filipino People. It was a time of transition for the Philippines in terms of colonial masters - from Spanish rule to American rule. Much tension was happening within the country's own government with different leaders trying to assert their own positions, at whatever cost. Some were eager to adopt the American democracy while some were convinced that the Philippines needed time to…...
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What are the major weaknesses of the pluralist theory of the state?
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Within the pluralist theory of state the government is seen to be a mediator between a number of agents in which ‘numerous competing interest groups exert strong influence over a responsive government’[1] These interest groups consist of businesses, trade unions, charities, churches or any other representative body. This essay will examine the major weaknesses of this theory. In many ways the pluralist theory of state holds much in common with the theory of democratic elitism, whereby “the best interest of…...
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The Antz Film
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In the Antz film where a large colony is separated by workers and soldiers once they are born. Z an ant that has different ideas in mind and questions everything that he does. During the film, three types of government were portrayed in the film which are monarchy, communism and democracy. Each type of government has its own system where different groups or people are in charge. Monarchy was shown in the film when the Queen oversaw the whole colony.…...
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Democracy in Ecuador
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This paper traces the history of Equador and its democracy development and concludes that, despite intense and bloody rivalries during the earlier part of this century, Ecuador remains peaceful and one of the safest countries in South America.Democracy in Ecuador Briefly, democracy is a matter of degree and quality. Confusion often arises in discussion about democracy. This stems from the different premises people have in mind when they use the term. In my opinion, most people fail to specify their…...
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Democratic and Non Democratic System in a Country
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In democratic system people are participating in political and decision making process without considering their race, color, physical ability such as Scandinavian countries. They are able to decide on their destiny directly or through their representatives. Each individual have their votes and these votes are effective and able to change decisions. There is no lumber on their choice and government can not mobilize citizens to pro-government relies; in contrast people are being mobilized by themselves or non governmental organization to…...
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Democracy and Absolutism DBQ
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There were many forms of government through the 17th and 18th century. Two forms of government that were mainly used; were democracy and absolutism. Both of these government types were affective in their own ways, but also had various similarities and differences. Philosophers also helped with changing 17th and 18th century Europeans way of thinking; and view the teachings of the Catholic Church. One of the more common forms of government was absolutism. Rulers believed they should have complete control…...
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SCAP and The Emperor of Japan Country
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Power vacuum in Japan - collapse of the empire so power vacuum in the region and also within Japan itself. Japan was purged by SCAP. It affected over 200,000 people making heavy inroads into the Japanese leadership. Japan had no choice but to surrender. Their surrender was virtually unconditional. The ultimate aims of SCAP for post-war Japan was to democratise and demilitarize the country. Led by General Macarthur, who became synonomous with SCAP itself, the US and, to a lesser…...
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The causes of political violence and revolutions
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  So it can be said that Lenin used the poverty issue in Russia to his own advantage in order to gain political favor. Two main things emerge from this assumption. The first being that Lenin and the Bolsheviks were the main reason for the violent revolution in 1917 and secondly that Lenin's main tactic was to capitalize on the relative deprivation theory in order to overthrow the government. However these weren't the only two reasons for the violence and…...
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Hybrid Government Regime
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Hybrid regimes exist in every part of the world, from Asia to Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Eurasia. Some are global economic hubs or centers; such as Singapore; Others are key oil producers, such as Kuwait and Venezuela; many are developing countries, such as Cambodia and Bangladesh or nuclear weapons states, such as Pakistan; regional trade centers, such as Mexico, Malaysia and Turkey; and conflict-ridden nations such as Myanmar and Uganda. Diamond (2002, p. 25) classifies them…...
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Upon the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential
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Upon the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, elements of that campaign has been beating a non-stop drum seeking to change the way American people select a president. A similar event had occurred after Democrat candidate Al Gore's defeat in the 2000 presidential election. Both Gore and Clinton had apparently won the popular vote, but lost the election in the Electoral College vote count. As a result, both candidates have sought to change the way the American…...
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Justifications for the State: Limits & Possibilities
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Justice and Security within the States Qua States Importance of discharging the quality of security and justice has been emphasized particularly in the status quo context. There is a need to seek the answer whether these elements provide better services to the general public relative to the small units or large political units or not. One of the advantages is that each state is independent and thus self-governing as well as sovereign. In addition to that, individuals who are living…...
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Plato and Aristotle both shared the understanding that democracy
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Plato and Aristotle both shared the understanding that democracy is unjust and full of corruption. It goes back to the understanding that some rulers gain power when they are not deserving. Aristotle argues that the person who should rule is the one who is a best fit in order to rule effectively. Both plato and aristotle agree that honor should be given to those who possess knowledge of the good. It is therefore unjust when honor to rule is given…...
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HOW MEDIA OWNERSHIP AND FINANCING ENFEEBLES AND DEBILITATES
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HOW MEDIA OWNERSHIP AND FINANCING ENFEEBLES AND DEBILITATES DEMOCRACY. INTRODUCTION Media ownership and financing are two inseparable and inextricably linked aspects of media. These two factors incontrovertibly have a lot of influence on a country's democracy and have a hand in making or breaking a democracy. If largely concentrated in the hands of a few individuals, firms or corporations, democracy gets eroded and undermined drastically. With hindsight of the above articulated, the concept of media, media ownership and financing, as…...
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Government system
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Government: the system in which our nation carries out laws public policies: Everything the government chooses to put in place 3 basic kinds of power exercised by every government: a) legislative power: in the branch of government laws are made b) executive power: how the laws are carried out and enforced c) judicial power: Power of courts and judges to clarify the laws 4) dictatorship: Government run by one person and not by the people (undemocratic rule) 5) democracy: System…...
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The Presidency of Andrew Jackson
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"I've got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment," - Andrew Jackson. And so he did with the opportunity he made for himself to do his very best to take on presidency. Many people only know Andrew Jackson to be the president on the twenty dollar bill, but many don't know a lot about what he did to contribute to as our seventh president. We have had presidents in the…...
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Research – Study Guide
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Since the beginning of this year, each tutorial has engaged in a decision-making exercise geared towards reflecting the functions of a representative democracy and consequently, the issues that exist within Australian politics. Students were asked to discuss whether 20 per cent of semester marks should be allocated to tutorial participation or alternatively, whether these marks should be redistributed evenly between the two assignments. Ideally, once a consensus was reached within each tutorial, a representative was elected to attend the delegate…...
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Fiji’s election management body and active electoral participation
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WRITE UP Theme : The future of our country rests with the young people. As Fiji's election management body, the Fijian Elections Office needs to create facilitative environment that encourages young people to become active participants in electoral activities as well as instil principles of ethical participation in the political process. QUESTION : Discuss various options of engagement that may be available. Show examples of some successful approaches from elsewhere in the world. In your opinion, what would be some…...
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District Maps and Fighting Gerrymandering

First off, gerrymandering is manipulation to the electoral district maps that are drawn up and used in the presidential voting. This is manipulation because they draw districts in a way that gives an unfair advantage to a specific political party. The voice of the voter is overruled by this process because it doesn’t reflect the popular vote, which is the basis of democracy. In a democracy, the power is in the people and when the people’s voice is undermined it leads to corruption. This means, very often election results don’t reflect the vote American citizens made at the ballot box. This occurs because the drawing of the maps is done by state legislatures. Mainly, this allows for state legislatures to create districts that solidify their chosen party’s position in winning, regardless of the popular vote citizens choose. Without the ability for the people to have a say in their government, this directly goes against what democracy represents. As stated in “Funny logic about gerrymandering”, George F. Will explains “Article 1, Section 4, as a defense of ‘excessive partisan gerrymandering.’

Unfair Legislation

The section only allows legislatures to make rules about the times, places and manner of elections, not to dictate the outcome of who wins and loses. (Washingtonpost,1) The most recent example of this was in the 2016 presidential election when Donald Trump won, regardless of his opponent Hillary Clinton actually receiving more ballot votes. This leaves many Americans not wanting to vote because it appears their vote doesn’t matter. This leads to another threat of low voter turnout. A remedy to solve this problem is by taking the power out of the legislators’ hands. They are directly given the ability to rig the election, which is unconstitutional. With today’s advances in technology, the job can be put into the hands of computers. With computers’ advanced abilities, they can properly track demographics and fairly make computations to divide up district boundaries in a sophisticated manner. When humans are neglected from the process this allows for no bias or unfair divisions in districts.

Gerrymandering and Low Voter Turnout

Gerrymandering clearly results in another big issue the democratic system faces which is low voter turnout. As a nation that is very politically active, it’s clear that the significantly low turnout is a rising problem. When Americans are left feeling like their vote doesn’t matter, they neglect taking action in voting. Schooling which relates to money is a liable factor in this dilemma too. The less amount of education a person has, the more likely they are to not participate. This also relates to money because people with lower education tend to have low-paying jobs and believe that they can’t neglect their work to vote, although some state laws allow them to leave for an allotted time. Considering election day falls on a Tuesday, many rather not take time out of a busy work week to vote. Another cause of low voter turnout is the electoral laws in place. This requires citizens to register 30 days prior to the election, which leaves many unable to participate, because of the lack of time. Age seems to play a role according to data collected that states “The highest turnout came from voters in the age brackets 55 to 64, 65 to 71 and those 75 years or older.” (Low voter turnout during smooth-running primary election.)

FAQ about Democracy

What are the key indicators of successful democratization and how do these relate to the core values of democracy?
...In undemocratic regimes, decisions are made at the top and trickle down to the community. People who are entrusted with the role of making decisions do not take time to know what their people want and thus assume things they want but obviously they a...
How to get young people vote
...From here, the students are encouraged to participate in the country’s politics and try to vie for top civic and parliamentary seats. Conclusion The youth are the majority in both total population and voters percentage and they are affected by most...
What are the major weaknesses of the pluralist theory of the state?
...In conclusion there are a number of major weaknesses within the pluralist theory of state. It is questionable whether true democracy for citizens is achieved; instead pluralism allows just several major groups to have this role whilst maintaining the...
HOW MEDIA OWNERSHIP AND FINANCING ENFEEBLES AND DEBILITATES
...This essay managed to successfully to explain what media is, media ownership and financing areas well as explain what democracy is. It managed to explain the role of media in a democracy and pinpoint, identify and elaborate the five factors that make...

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