Written by Mariem ELTagoury
1- First of all, voting is your right. Use it!
2- The number of people going to vote doesn’t just have an impact on who wins; it also has an impact on the upcoming president’s perspective of the people. If a lot of people show up, that’s the kind of crowd no president wants to mess with. If only a handful of people show up, why should that president consider you a possible threat to his position in the next elections anyway!? Which impact do you want to give to the upcoming president?
3- Like the American democracy system? Well 99% of the time, they’re limited to TWO candidates from TWO of their very popular parties. The Americans don’t stay home; they go and they vote. Even if it’s for “the lesser of two evils” in the voters’ opinion.
4- If you tried lemons last elections and voted for a “president” who wasn’t exactly the right fit (trying to sound neutral here but all caution to the wind; wasn’t the best choice!) but you weren’t negative and you voted for him anyway, why stop now?
5- Young people have the most to gain and lose in any elections because they have to live with the consequences longer than anyone else.
6- If you vote and an adult you know doesn’t, you can tease them about it forever.
7- With the Internet, it takes about a minute to get all the registration and voter information for your precinct (dayrah) and electoral commission (lagnah ent5abyah). For more info, you can check the official website https://www.elections.eg/
8- Every political issue and policy affects you whether you know it or not.
9- The feeling of power you get after voting is a great rush.
10- Election Day is the one day when everyone in Egypt is equal (and frankly, we need that feeling again if only for a couple of days!). Your vote counts just as anyone else’s.
11- If you don’t vote, you’re putting control of your world into the hands of someone else…and you have no idea where those hands have been.
12- If you don’t exercise your right to vote, you’ll be a hypocrite when you complain about politics – or anything else in the country for that matter.
13- We need more sane people on the news. Reporters might be interviewing people at the polls and right now, no matter your political views, it seems like the news only shows the most extreme protesters and activists. This is your chance to represent the sane.
14- Your grandparents will vote! Are you gonna let Grandma out-do you?
15- The only wasted vote is a vote that’s not cast.