Increased Voter Turnout Can Result in Great Harm to Society When Done Improperly



Carl Janssen

Revised September 17, 2010

First created September 14, 2010

Increased voter turnout can result in great harm to society when done improperly

In a college campus, I saw people trying to get people to register to vote on multiple occasions.  I pieced together from conversations that these people are paid to register people to vote.  There are also people that freely volunteer to encourage college students to vote.  People trying to increase voter registration and turnout often said something like, “Vote for anyone it does not matter the important thing is that you vote so that politicians know college students have a voice.”   What they said does not make sense to me.  If it does not matter who the people vote for, why vote at all?

Government officials decide how much tax money is taken from people and where it goes.  Randomly voting is like randomly placing your money somewhere random.  Random voting is actually worse than gambling because you are gambling with other taxpayers’ money.  Politicians also influence decisions on if we go to war or not and who lives or dies based on what laws are chosen and how they are enforced.  Therefore randomly voting for a politician is randomly influencing decisions about who lives or dies. 

Increased voter turnout and increased “voting rights” can actually be a bad thing if the new votes created are used to vote for evil instead of good.  When the majority of people are evil increased voting rights can lead to evil mob rule.  I would rather live under the rule of a single good person, than a mob of evil people. 

Surely the assumption made when one thinks voting should be done is that one candidate or decision is a morally better choice than the other candidates or decisions available.  To do anything sort of encouraging people to try to make the morally best choice can be an act of evil.   When one merely increases voter turnout without trying to influence how people vote, one is indifferent towards the moral consequences of the vote.  To invest a great deal of time and money to increase voting, while being indifferent to the moral consequences is a great evil.

There is one last thing I would like to mention.  I do not think the real goal was merely increased voter turnout.  I think the real goal was increased voter turnout of a college demographic that the organizer suspected would vote for their interests.  I suspect the same organizations that told people to vote for anyone, spent years of time and lots of money educating the public school attending demographic group to think a certain way since childhood and on through college.  I suspect these organizations, believed that increasing college voters would increase more votes toward their side, than the other side.  I cannot prove they were trying to push a political party into office but I assure you that even if they really had no political party to push into office what they were doing is still wrong, because random voting is wrong.