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Q: Voting ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Voting
Category: Relationships and Society
Asked by: pinsch-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 11 Nov 2002 17:14 PST
Expires: 11 Dec 2002 17:14 PST
Question ID: 105690
What happened to our country by the year 2010 if only a very small
percent of qualified voters bothers to vote.

Request for Question Clarification by justaskscott-ga on 11 Nov 2002 17:21 PST
By "our country", do you mean the United States of America, or some other country?

Clarification of Question by pinsch-ga on 11 Nov 2002 18:56 PST
United States of America
Subject: Re: Voting
Answered By: johnny_phoenix-ga on 14 Nov 2002 07:11 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello pinsch

Although your question says "What Happened..." I am assuming that this
is an oversight and you meant "What would happen...".

Democratic Voting System
With that in mind, the answer to your question is that in a democratic
society, whomever wins the majority of the votes no matter how poor
the turnout, is democratically elected.

So even if only a very small fraction of the population voted, the
process would remain the same.

As improbable as it is, If nobody at all voted, then somebody would
have to seize power and the countries government would cease to be a
democratically elected government

Vote and Supervote 

"No Faith"
It could also lead to the forced creation of a new party since it
could be argued that if few people voted for the Democrats or the
Republicans, that public faith in the two main parties had expired.
However a display of "no faith" like this would be best achieved by
ticking "None of the above". Montgomery Brewster would be proud.

Oh Well

Listening Governments
However, I doubt very much whether it would get past one election with
a poor turnout before the goverment launched a massive iniative to
find out why people where not voting. They would have to try to
resolve the issues that people were protesting against in order to get
people voting again.

So the answer to your question from this point of view is that if by
the year 2010, there were still remarkably low turnout figures to
elections, all polititians would have to put the restoration of faith
in the democratic electoral system at the top of their priorities and
listen with total concentration to what the people had to say.

It would probably be a good think if this impossible stunt could be
achieved "by the people for the people" since polititians individually
and governments combined would be forced to sit up, take note and
address the concerns of the nation rather than just decide themselves
what was in the nations best interests.

However, unfortunately unless you have a way to coordinate and gain
the trust of millions of voters into following your dream it is
unlikely to happen. But if you do have that motivation and power of
pursuasion, maybe you should consider a life in politics, just
remember to keep the voters happy.

Search Key

"What would Happen" "Voting" "If Nobody Voted" "Abstain"

Additional Links

Voting For President an American Tragedy

I hope this helps

Johnny Phoenix
pinsch-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Your answer led me to other investigations. Thank you

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