When I was working as a writing tutor at the community college, there was a Chinese couple who came into the center pretty regularly. They were doing a self-directed ESL program. They’re English was okay, but they knew it could be better. The director (my boss) had given them some workbooks, and if I wasn’t busy with other students, we would talk about the content. This way they could practice both their reading comprehension and their verbal skills.
One lesson will always stand out to me. It was about the voting process in the US. And as we were talking about what they’d read, I mentioned how low voter turnout usually is. They were shocked. “But you have the right to vote,” the wife said. “How can people not vote if they have the right to?”
“I don’t know,” I replied. I still don’t know the answer to that question.
We have the right to vote. And it’s primary day in Michigan. Don’t know your polling place? Try vote411.org. Want a laugh while searching for your polling place? Check out yourfuckingpollingplace.com. (Sorry, Mom & Dad. You can thank Atis for introducing me to that page.)
I don’t care who you’re voting for*. Just do it. Go. Vote.
*Okay. Maybe I will care in the long run. But we can still be friends even if we disagree.