Voting is so important, and it’s something that should be in the forefront of our minds in the coming weeks as we gear up for the midterm elections. Bella Thorne, Amber Rose, Alyssa Milano and more tell you why you should vote!
The deadlines are sneaking up to register to vote for the midterm elections, and this election cycle, more than ever, it’s important to make sure you voice is heard! As so many celebrities have pointed out on HollywoodLife.com, one vote can truly make all the difference, so your voice matters, especially in this political climate. Stars have been using their platform to get the word out about why it’s so important to vote, and several spoke to us EXCLUSIVELY to get you inspired to vote on Nov. 6th!
I think if there is someone close to you or if you have a personal relationship with that is like, ‘Hey go vote!’ Then you really should. You have to think with your mind. I don’t know if a celebrity on social media can change your mind and have you vote. But go fucking vote! I don’t know if me saying go vote makes a huge difference, but I think if you want to vote, you will vote because there are people that believe in not doing anything and then there are people who have reasons not to vote or reasons to go out and vote. So whatever your reason is that you don’t want to vote then find out what will make you have a reason and do it.
I think they kind of see now that we had an opportunity to vote for somebody else and we didn’t and now we are in a situation were we don’t want to be in. Now, instead of not voting at all, we have to kind of vote for the lesser evil if that is how you feel.
I just think that everybody needs to get super super involved. My favorite thing about politics is the local level of politics and I go all over the country and I will volunteer in campaigns I believe in and I suggest that everybody finds a candidate that you believe in and go campaign and go volunteer in their office and go walk door to door. That is the greatest reminder of what politics is… It is not this big thing were we feel that we don’t have control over it. It’s really the state level, it is the state level that is so important and it is so rewarding to be a part of, it is so special to be a part of… I mean I have been in people’s garages with American flags scotch taped to the wall where I am stuffing envelopes and to me, that is the most romantic thing about this country is that it functions like that so I want everyone to have that experience. Everyone should go out and volunteer.
Kat Von D
I think that we’re living in really beautiful times because the power really is in the people. And so I think if people really subscribe to taking reigns of that power, we could really make some great change.
We need to get out, whatever you vote, whatever you don’t vote, I would vote a certain way, but you don’t have to vote that way. But just vote. Listen, whatever you believe in, if these people are talking, these people are being heard. I’m from Kentucky. I want everyone to have a voice. I wish it was the way I have a voice. I wish it was the way I have a voice and lean in, but I do. I don’t want everything to be left. I don’t want everything to be right. I want people who have real challenges to be heard. I want people who don’t have challenges to be heard. But I want everyone to have a voice.
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line
We have to continue to encourage people to vote so they can have a voice, so they can be a part of the community and be a part of the country. You know, I have always been told and been taught that if you don’t vote then you don’t have a voice, so you can’t complain about the state of the country if you didn’t vote. I guess if that is not inspiration then I don’t know what is!
Just continue to promote voting. I’s unfortunate that my generation does not understand the significance of voting, but it’s so important to, even, left or right, red or blue, it’s important to speak up, and know that your voice is important. Being an American citizen, you have responsibility when you come of age, and I just turned 18, so I’m super excited to become more politically active, and become a voice in our world, in our country.
I feel like Millennials are the loudest group online about issues, grievances, and complaints, but they didn’t go out [to vote]. We didn’t get that support! Put some action to those words! Guess what’s a really good Instagram spot? The polls! Instagram that instead of a whole complaining caption! Go vote! Go do it!
I think, and I am saying this to both parties, there people should get out there and vote because it is our right and our privilege, our strength and duty to do that as American citizens. I think it makes us more of a cohesive country when we all participate. Participation is always a good thing, so I hope everybody does go out and vote!
I just think it’s important people understand that it’s a really cool thing that we actually have this ability to vote. We have the ability to change our world and change, not just things in America, but for the rest of the world. It’s as easy as just one little hour of life. Going to the polls or getting an absentee ballot makes it super easy, and I think a lot of people can see that it’s actually a really cool thing to do. Everyone who matters votes.
My generation — older people, people older than 40 — take responsibility for trying to reach out to the millennials to get them to understand what is at stake in their world. So, we have to say to them: if you want change, then the only way you can do it (other than non-violent revolution, which I strongly support) is through the vote. You have to inform yourself as to what the person stands for, what they are committed to, that they don’t accept corporate money, that they don’t accept large donations from oligarchs, and that they are committing to serving the people…then you vote for that person.
What’s interesting is that while a lot of people in my generation find it important to vote, they don’t always get out there and do it. So, I would say that if you’re confused about how to do it, there are people you can ask. If you can’t make it to the polls, then you can mail in your ballot, which is what I did. I just think it’s important to vote in general, because we can [help shape] our future.
If you are over eighteen and you want the United States to be better and equal, then I recommend that you vote!
I am Canadian but my wife is American, so my daughter is a duel citizen. I live in California and pay taxes in California, but I can’t vote in California because I haven’t been able to become a citizen yet. And it digs at me, it f**king makes me crazy! So, I wish that everyone could feel the way that I feel about not being able to [vote]. If you don’t vote, I think you should be fined. The same way that if you pull into an intersection when you have a red light. You know, then you get stuck there and hold up traffic, you get a ticket for that. Voting is not only your right but it is your responsibility.
The reason why there is all of this anger and hatred that we are seeing is because things are changing. You see KKK members marching down the street because the statue is coming down — not because it is going up. And you see women outraged because they are done with the abuse, and you see minorities stepping forward because they are done being treated as second class citizens. So, I don’t see this is as a point where we cowardly walk away. I can’t wait til all these young people come out and vote in November.
You know, the March For Our Lives kids have been out and are registering people all over the country. The march itself was the largest registration with young people ever in one day. And we are seeing record breaking numbers of young people [registering to vote], and I think that’s because they understand that we broke a bone and it can heal stronger. So, I hope that in November we see a response with the people. Because we are the actual true check and balances.
I am one of many who has been disillusioned with our actual ability to effect specific parts of government. But, I am really really inspired by the sort of sense of morality that my generation seems to be driven by. The fact that it shapes their beliefs, their viewpoints, and what type of media they want to interact with in terms of the legacy they will leave — I think that will really really have a lasting effect for the future. I don’t know if one election is going to change all of that, but I definitely see a promising path moving forward.
I think the [political] climate is so crazy right now that I think the next generation..my daughter is here and they are getting a lot more involved. I think people are learning how the system actually works, and that is the only good part of all of this. I think good stuff is going to happen soon. I feel that!
I don’t know how we say it louder then how we are saying it. I don’t know if kids aren’t learning it in school that it’s their country and the decisions they make are important and the decision not to show up is going to affect the country that they are inheriting.
I think what is sad, is there is so much apathy and there is also a resignation that people feel so burnt out. They feel whatever they will do won’t change. They don’t feel like there voices are getting heard. So, this is a [chance] to get your voice heard — actually show up and educate yourself, take the time to look through your packet to figure things [out] and what they are, and how you want to vote. We can’t just be angry in the direction that our county is going in. We have to use the fuel and put it in action and this the way to do it. Vote!
You see where we are now? You complain about it, you moan about it, but your vote is your voice. That’s the biggest moan. That’s the biggest shout. That’s the biggest whatever you can have, is when you go to the polling station and put your voice one that paper and vote.
Jillian Rose Reed
As far as millennials go and the younger generation, I feel that we are very active and I do think we need to be voting more. But, we are very opinionated and we feel a lot of things. So, I think we just have to encourage people to speak out and to use their voices and let them know that it really matters. I don’t know a ton about politics but what I know from what I have been taught was that…does it really matter if I vote? The teaching has to be different, we need to educate young people and make us understand that we should be out there voting.
Everybody should vote! Everyone! Regardless of your political affiliation, everyone should go out and vote. I remember when I was a kid feeling that the world is so big and I am just one person and how does it matter? Will I be able to change anything? And it is important for people like me, and yourself, and anybody that is older, to encourage them to use their voice. It is so important to empower them and encourage them to go out and ‘Yes, your voice matters!’ It is something that needs to be heard and I think that is how we need to do it. We encourage them and empower them! We let them know they are strong and that it matters. And I think that is how we should do it.
I don’t think it’s a civic duty or a political issue; I think it’s a moral issue at this point. From where I stand, it’s an ethical duty and a moral duty that we all vote. I’ve been there. I was younger, when I didn’t care as much. I was ambivalent at times, and privileged. I realized I was ignorant, and it’s a huge privilege to get to vote, and we really, we really need to take advantage of it.
I think people get really discouraged, but I know that I will never not vote. I have met many people who say, ‘oh I don’t want to vote,’ like it’s not gonna mean anything. And then they go, ‘oh sh*t, it meant something.’ So, it means something and you just have to [vote] because it’s our right, it’s our duty, and you can’t complain if you didn’t do it. Right? It’s too important.
Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.