Voting disparity by ethnic groups


Well-Known Member
Sep 24, 2006
I'm a white guy living in a mostly Hispanic district. When I went to vote this week I noticed about 85% of the voters at my polling station were white.

While I'm perfectly happy to make decisions for people who don't feel like showing up to vote, I have to wonder if its a problem that citizen participation in voting is so skewed by ethnic group. Its clear that a significant ethnic group managed to disenfranchise itself in this election. (at least in my district) Should that be a concern? What if anything should be done about it?

My general opinion is if you're too dumb/lazy/fat/whatever to get off your couch and vote, you really don't deserve much consideration anyway. I've heard Dong talk about mandatory voting in Australia, but I would prefer not to have ignorant votes over mandating a bunch of uninformed people off their couch to just add static to an election. What do you think?
Hell yes, don't get me started about the ignorant voters bit. This is where I say: democracy is not entirely suitable. Else, it requires a structural shift in its application to account for the range of cultural groups that the country contains. The way I see it now, democracy in the US is largely a battle of which cultural group dominates (in terms of voting presence) where, as well as who they can drag along into their ranks.