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Democratic Process and the Understanding

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DemocraticProcess and the Understanding

The citizens have various roles that they need to fulfill as part oftheir civic duty. One such part is participating in the democraticprocess that allows them to make political decisions. A nation thathas a federalist representative democracy requires its people tofulfill both their personal and social responsibilities throughvoting. It allows them to express their interests and to select theindividuals they believe are fit to represent them in the statematters, although it is for a specified period. The paper seeks todiscuss whether and how the act of voting is the personalresponsibility of every citizen and if they are socially responsiblefor considering how their individual votes will affect the diverseinterests of the broader community.

People have different arguments regarding whether it is their duty tovote. Some believe it is mandatory whereas others argue it’s apersonal decision (Brennan 17). Despite the mixed opinions, everycitizen is personally responsible for voting. This is because theprocess of elections is designed in such a manner that one has tofigure out how to participate in the event. For instance, one needsto determine the most suitable area from which they can cast theirvote and register for the elections (Brennan 20). They later need toavail themselves at the polling stations and elect their leaders. Thecitizens need to create time out of their busy schedules and ensurethey enjoy their democratic right that allows them to choose theperson they believe would best represent them in the government. Theact of voting is also a personal responsibility because it gives thecitizens the freedom to select a government that shall form the lawsthat govern them. Besides, they are aware of the problems encounteredat the individual levels, and by voting, they get to choose theleaders who are capable of providing sustainable solutions to theirissues. Hence, when people participate in elections, they shall besupportive of the views of their leaders because they utilized theirvoice.

Citizens have a social responsibility to consider how theirindividual votes may affect the diverse interests of the largercommunity. First, a person needs to understand that the society ischaracterized by elements such as inequality that has led to theformation of social classes. The rich may have a differentperspective from that of the poor. Therefore, when casting theirvotes, they need to consider the impact of their decision on the poorpeople who are less privileged than them. Secondly, voters can alsoimplement their social responsibility by engaging in voluntaryactivity within the society. Participating in charity work serves asan eye opener to voters as it enables them to learn about differentlife situations. Thirdly, people need to focus on personal factorssuch as age when casting their votes, as part of their socialresponsibility (Brennan 179). Some of the policies that thecampaigning leaders promise to implement could have an adverse impacton the young generation. Under such circumstances, the elder ones maybe required to consider how their individual votes may affect thechildren.

In conclusion, citizens have both a personal and socialresponsibility when it comes to voting. Elections are considered apersonal duty as it requires the individual to register and casttheir votes at the polling station. It also allows them the freedomto select a government that they believe shall rule themappropriately. The citizens also have a social responsibility offocusing on inequality, participating in voluntary activities, andconsidering personal factors such as age when casting individualvotes. Social responsibility enables one to consider the diverseinterests of the larger community.


Brennan, Jason. The Ethics of Voting. Princeton: PrincetonUniversity Press, 2012. Internet resource.