Having a vote is like having a voice
I agree with this statement. But, the question remains. If someone is ignorant and apathetic about something, why would you ever try to get them to speak up about that topic? I would rather that people who know nothing about a topic to shut up about it (not that that has ever stopped me, but that is another topic).
Americans in general are quite ignorant about the issues involved in political life. Most of us do little reading and little thinking about these issues. This is why millions of Americans can be swayed by a 30 second TV ad.
I believe that everyone should have the right
to vote. And I believe that that comes with the right to not vote. Heck, if you are one of the millions of Americans who have very little knowledge or interest on issues like debt, global warming or foreign policy, I would prefer you step away from the lever that informs important decisions.
I am certainly not going to encourage ignorant or apathetic people to vote (unless I am sure they will vote my way).