How Celebs Are Encouraging You to Vote in the Midterm Elections 2018

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With the 2018 midterm elections less than a day away, all of Hollywood is taking to social media to encourage their legion of followers to step into the polling booth and make sure their voice is heard!

Among them is everyone’s favorite pop songstress, Taylor Swift, who decided to reveal her political leanings in October with a heartfelt post to fans.

“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,” she captioned a photo of herself. “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.”

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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! 🗳😃🌈

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Another outspoken advocate for voting is Rihanna, who recently posted a photo of a female protestor holding up a sign that reads: “Grab ‘Em By the Midterms.” In the caption, she addressed Florida voters, encouraging them to vote for Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum who is attempting to become the state’s first-ever African American governor.

“The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first!” she captioned the image. “If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support.”

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FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, co-stars of Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, recently filmed a clip together encouraging their fans to make sure they vote as well. In the clip, they warn that a myriad of issues including gun safety laws, immigration policy and health care are at risk in this election. Justin Bieber also posted a clip, writing, “Everyone should have their voices heard and I hope this week everyone who can vote does and feels valued.” 

Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey has made headlines by going door-to-door in Georgia for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. She’s also been posting some of her candid conversations at front doors to her Instagram account.

Still other famous folks have used their platforms to promote a very simple message: Vote!

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The 2018 midterm elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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