ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5


Hello kiddo! Today we're going to talk about something called 'electoralism'. Have you ever heard the word 'election'? It's when people vote to choose who will be in charge of making decisions for a certain area, like a city or a country. Electoralism is when people believe that the best way to make changes in their society or fix problems is by participating in elections.

Now, imagine that you have a problem at school, like your classroom is too hot or your teacher is not doing a good job. One way to solve the problem is to ask your teacher to fix it or talk to the principal. But sometimes, people feel like their voices are not being heard or they are not able to make changes through the regular channels.

That's where electoralism comes in. It means that people believe that they can make changes by voting in elections for people who will represent their interests and make decisions that they agree with. So, instead of just trying to solve the problem by themselves, they look for someone who will represent their ideas and vote for them in the election.

Of course, not everyone agrees with this idea. Some people think that elections are not enough to create real change and that people should try other methods, like protesting or working outside of the government to bring about change. However, electoralism remains a popular way for people to try and make changes in their society through participating in the democratic process.

Does that make sense, kiddo?