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In his Social Contract Theory John Locke expresses the rights of citizens to voice their opinions and give their popular consent to a government Of all the many characteristics of American Democracy the most important is popular consent Popular consent draws on the idea that government must draw their powers from those who are governed One of the first persons to promote this theory was John Locke Today Americans give their consent to the actions of the government by voting However many Americans choose not to utilize this right and do not vote The right to vote is a duty as well as a privilege It is important for all citizens to vote in every election to make sure that the democratic representative system of government is maintained Persons who do not vote lose their voice in the government UPO Online With the largest part of young Americans not voting in most elections the basic principle of representative democracy is in jeopardy For those under age thirty voting rates are twice as low as older Americans Thirty million young citizens ages eighteen-thirty did not vote in the 2000 Presidential election Of that number at least sixteen million were likely and potential voters that could have been reached and moved to vote Skaggs and Anthony 22 Many political scientists blame a self-fulfilling cycle candidates do not take young adults seriously because they do not vote and young adults do not vote because candidates do no take them seriously CYV online Young voters comprise the largest unclaimed block of voters in the country They are composed of three categories Likely voters Potential voters and Unlikely voters The likely voters will turn out for elections but still need to be asked They are typically more politically active and have stronger partisan leanings Many of them are already active in the political scene If a politician can connect with them they will turn out
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