Zainab Iqbal

When Professor Miller asked who was voting in today’s primary, only about four students raised their hand; and I was astonished.

I totally understand if you are not a US citizen, or if you are not 18, or if you are not registered. But otherwise, every single person should be voting. Because what reason could you possible have not to?

I get it, sometimes it’s very hard to find a candidate who best fits your views. And sometimes you don’t want to vote because you don’t agree with any of the candidates running. If this is the case, then I recommend watching Season 8 Episode 8 of South Park- the episode is titled "Douche and Turd".

For those unaware of South Park, it’s basically this hilarious animated sitcom revolving four boys. It uses satire to discuss many political topics- sometimes controversial ones.

This episode starts off with a mascot (a cow) in the school gym, when all of the sudden PETA (an organization which treats animals as its equals) comes and tells the principle to change their mascot. Apparently cows are treated very horribly and it’s not cool to have them as a school’s mascot; resulting in the kids having to vote for a new one. Since the mascots on the ballot aren’t as cool, Kyle and Cartman come up with their own: Giant Douche and Turd Sandwich.

In a way, this may sound horrible, but in all honesty, this episode (among other episodes of South Park) gives a lesson- sometimes, an election is going to be among people you despise (in literal terms according to the episode- between a douche and a turd sandwhich), but that should not keep you from voting.

I am also sure everyone is aware of the fact that women weren’t always allowed to vote. In fact, on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified to grant women the right to vote. We owe it to women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who fought day and night just so women could get their rights.

There are also many countries who don’t give their citizens the right to vote. In fact people have died fighting to earn this right; and some are even fighting right now. In America, we have a privilege- and we should take full advantage.

According to a post on The Guardian, “If you don’t vote then you lose the right to complain about anything the government… [does] until the next general election”.

So please, if you are lucky enough to vote, then vote. We live in a democracy and “democracy only works when the people participate”. So please, I encourage everyone to participate and contribute to this election.

*I recommend you all to watch the episode I discussed above: http://www.watchseries.li/episode/south_park_s8_e8.html (just click on links, and one of them will work)*

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