Taylor Swift, Mindy Kaling, and Other Celebs Encouraging People to Vote
These celebrities are using their influence to mobilize fans to go to the polls in November.
As the midterm elections approach, more celebrities are encouraging fans to vote. Here are five famous people who took to social media recently to speak out about the importance of being politically active:
1. Taylor Swift
After years of silence about her political beliefs, Swift voiced her support for a Democratic Senate candidate while urging fans to follow their personal beliefs in this Instagram post:
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
2. Mindy Kaling
Kaling used a Peanuts screen cap to express her frustration over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. Her message encouraged people to channel their anger into action at the polls.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) October 8, 2018
3. John Legend
Legend informed his followers about the voter registration deadlines in various states by posting this helpful list:
The last day for many states is tomorrow!!! Make sure you’re registered. Then VOTE like our future depends on it! pic.twitter.com/tb0XLnnyBt
— John Legend (@johnlegend) October 8, 2018
4. Alyssa Milano
Milano shared this powerful article discussing voter suppression, aimed at educating fans about the ways in which voters’ voices have been silenced in the past.
We must fight voter suppression at every turn.
Then click to do something about it. https://t.co/h3T3hHFBKc
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 12, 2018
Rihanna shared valuable resources about voter registration deadlines in addition to the government website where individuals can register to vote.
GOOD MORNING AMERICA☀️I don’t care what responsibilities you have today. There’s no greater responsibility than being in control of your future and it starts NOW!! REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY at https://t.co/k42TB6cvIZ & triple check that you are properly registered! Let’s go!! 💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿 pic.twitter.com/i0Tnwsjd9E
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 9, 2018
The midterm elections will occur on November 6th, 2018. To make sure your voice is heard during this crucial time, click here to register to vote.