DALLAS, TEXAS-05 MARCH 2020. In the wake of the Super Tuesday of the Democratic Primary, a large number of South Sudanese-Americans chose not to vote for their preferred Democratic presidential contender. Electoral voting is not mandatory in the US but many Americans, appalled by Trump’s anti-immigration sentiments went to polling booths in their home states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.
About 100,000 South Sudanese call the United States home with the majority living in the midwestern states of Iowa and Nebraska. Many more live in the northeastern states, but the trend is the same. In Dallas alone, thousands are registered voters but still chose not to participate in the Super Tuesday, leading to frustration by leading community members.
Dr Akuot Acol De Dut, a resident of Dallas and a South Sudanese community leader did not hide her frustration about the level of electoral non-participation in the community.
‘’It is extremely disheartening that we can vote but choose not to vote. Voting is a right under the law and it is an obligation for every American to cast their vote in the ballot box so we can decide the future of America together.’’ Dr. Akuot de Dut said.
Americans will go to the polls in November to choose either to keep the incumbent Donald Trump or vote for whoever wins the Democratic Nomination for president-Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. Biden, the former Vice President to Obama and a Pennsylvania native, is a centrist Democrat who is poised to be nominated to challenge Trump for The White House.
‘’It is important that all South Sudanese living in America understand the importance of this exercise and what it means for us and our children. As long as you are registered to vote, please vote’’, Dr. De Dut pleaded.
Biden is surging against Sanders, a leftist Democrat who has very strong socialist views. Sanders was the frontrunner until Biden took South Carolina on Saturday and extended this late lead on Super Tuesday, bagging 10 out of the 14 available states.
While Sanders took priced California, Vermont, and a few others, Biden won 10 out of the 14 states on Super Tuesday including Maine, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, mostly at the backdrop of African-American support and may be able to dislodge Trump. But the nature of American politics is unpredictable and rests often on both electability and voter turnout, making the case for every vote all the more compelling.