In earlier times anxiety was treated like a short-term problem, especially in traditionally developing children. Persistent anxiety is a typical issue with autistic children. Many very shy individuals deal with their extreme anxiety by merely avoiding any social scenarios that may trigger their discomfort.
This means that if people become anxious about their future when they have to vote, many may have the tendency to avoid voting or avoid to take a stand in who they wish to vote for their representation.
The low levels of democratric participation could be indicative of another issue, rather than being the origin of the problem itself. There is a general lack of leadership inside politics, resulting in a discredit of the people that are up to a vote.
Volunteer vs. Mandatory voting
In some countries, like Brazil, not voting may result in a fine. Voting isn’t just a very simple matter of registration though that’s the way that it tends to be treated. Naturally, mandatory voting does force a higher participation of voters, but it doesn’t necessarly bring more people to the debate or to active participation in politics.
People need to be motivated by a better vision of the future rather than via a punishment if they don’t abide with the law.
Ideas vs people
Today, professional politicians employ staff to assist them running a campaign. They have a full strategy defined many years before they even start the race. However, most of them fail to reflect on the actual needs of the country or the people they will represent and lack strategic and visionary ideas on how things can be improved.
Many elections are based on people’s characters rather than their ideas. And people really need ideas if they are going to elect someone they have never met. In reality, an elected politician should base his actions on the ideas that founded the movement that was created towards the election.