Voting is vital to ensure a government 'by we the people, and not a government by we the powerful' says Kim Wehle

"There are a lot of barriers to entry for voting, it's kind of a hassle, we have to 'opt in' to the system here, unlike other democracies where you 'opt out'," says U of Baltimore School of Law's Kim Wehle.

The Randy Tobler Show
June 23, 2020 - 7:00 am
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(KFTK) –  University of Baltimore School of Law Professor Kim Wehle has a timely new book, What You Need to Know About Voting, and Why and joined Randy Tobler's broadcast.

Wehle tells Randy, "people don't vote, often because they think their vote doesn't count. They think the system is rigged and they don't like any ofthe candidates, so they stay home. It's kind of a protest vote."

The constitutional law professor says that the founding fathers were concerned about voters who weren't as informed as they hoped, "the framers of the Constitution were worried about that too, about people making decisions with bad information, which is why we don't have a direct democracy, where you just count up all the votes.  We have a representative democracy."

She pushes back on thoughts that more voting leads to less-informed voters, "studies show in countries where the rate of voting is higher, people are better informed."

"To stay home means someone else is making the decision and,  maybe they're better informed, but they're not informed about what the needs are for me and my family," says Wehle.

Visit Professor Wehle's website.

 

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