A number of stars young and old became first time voters in the Nov. 2020 presidential election. We’ve got Ryan Reynolds, Selena Gomez and more!
Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin has joined the ranks of first time voters. Those include Canadian-born Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, who voted for the first time in the United States. The 44-year-old, who originally hails from Vancouver, revealed he has voted in the upcoming presidential election with his wife, Blake Lively. He shared a pic of the couple with their absentee ballots in hand, as they encouraged fans to make their voices heard in the November 3 election. Here are nine other celebs who will also be casting their vote for the first time ever in 2020 and choosing between electing Donald Trump and Joe Biden…or Kanye West, if you’re Kanye.
Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin was on location in Georgia shooting the fourth season of the popular Netflix series. The 19-year-old actor — who plays Lucas Sinclair — was eligible to vote in his first presidential election. He showed off his milestone achievement as a first-time voter with two Instagram photos, showing him wearing a sticker reading “I’m a Georgia Voter” inside of a peach drawing, with “I secured my vote” underneath. He then did a dance to Earth Wind and Fire‘s “Can’t Hide Love” outside of his car with his sticker proudly displayed on his white t-shirt.
Sarah Jessica Parker, 55, and Matthew Broderick, 58, were spotted taking their son James, 18, out to vote for the first time on Election Day in New York City. It appears the trio all voted at the same time as they entered the same building and came out with “I Voted” stickers proudly displayed on their shirts. All three of them wore face masks and Sarah and James both wore matching tops that appeared to show their support for Democratic presidential nominee Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.
The election comes just a few days after James turned 18 on Oct. 28. His loving mom took to social media to send him well wishes and express her excitement about his new voting age. “On this day, you are 18 years old. I marvel at the passing of those years but equally the young man you are becoming,” she wrote alongside a bunch of cute young pics of James. “My love for you is an ache and an honor. As you leap toward and into your future, I remain your privileged and steadfast confident and joyful witness to the year ahead. Happy birthday my first time voter. I love you so.”
When We All Vote chair Selena Gomez, 28, has actually never voted before. Selena confessed in an October 24 Voting Power Hour appearance that the 2020 presidential election is the first time she’s ever casted a ballot. Honestly, I’m not ashamed to say this,” the singer said when a caller asked her about her first time voting. “But… I’m kind of… This was my first time. I’m going to say that, because I’ve never felt — and this is so true, and I’m now admitting it to people — like my vote counts. Every vote counts. Some people get in their head, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well what does it matter?'”
“This is my first time voting in America,” Ryan captioned an Instagram pic of himself and Blake, hilariously adding, “I’d like to thank my wife Blake for making my first time so gentle and loving. It was super scary at first, then exciting and now I’m a little tired. But proud.” She also got in on the joke, posting the same pic to her page and writing, ““It was Ryan’s first time. He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept.”
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…embarrassingly but honestly, this is my first time voting. Im not proud of it, but my naivety has kept me sheltered through a lot of my young adult life. BUT. As I’ve listened and learned, I’ve realized its our responsibility and privilege to use our voices to establish what we as human beings with beating hearts want to see in this country for not only ourselves…but our friends, neighbors, strangers, and future generations. The political climate this election is intense. It can feel really overwhelming and scary to even have an opinion, knowing if you share it you will get ruthlessly criticized regardless of your platform or perspective. There’s a lot of noise…but I’ve learned that’s when it’s most important to be anything but silent. And our vote is our voice. America stands for so many beautiful things and I hope (and vote) that it continues to evolve and grow to be a place where EVERYONE is protected, respected, and given equal rights and opportunity. Left the polls feeling really empowered by exercising my right and showing up for what I believe in and the change I want to see. I encourage everyone to do the same. 🗳
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Country music star Kelsea Ballerini is also voting for the first time this year. Kelsea, 27, revealed on Instagram that she “wasn’t proud” of the fact she’d never cast her vote before, but had taken time to educate herself, and is encouraging others to do the same! “Embarrassingly but honestly, this is my first time voting. I’m not proud of it, but my naivety has kept me sheltered through a lot of my young adult life,” she wrote on October 17. “America stands for so many beautiful things and I hope (and vote) that it continues to evolve and grow to be a place where EVERYONE is protected, respected, and given equal rights and opportunity.”
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I hate to admit this but I am anyways….This is the first time I’ve ever voted🙈. The first time Mike has ever voted. I don’t know why but I always felt like my vote didn’t matter. But this year I just felt differently and I know more than ever it does matter. Are you going to vote? And not gonna lie I always wanted to feel Instagram cool with the I voted sticker and they “ran out” so @vistaprint mask for the win but let’s be honest voting is more important than the sticker 😂
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Country superstar and One Tree Hill actress Jana Kramer is making her voice heard! “I don’t know why but I always felt like my vote didn’t matter. But this year I just felt differently and I know more than ever it does matter,” she captioned an October 22 selfie of her and her hubby, Mike Caussin, rocking “I Voted” stickers. “Are you going to vote?”
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Today, I’m helping to launch the #HatsOff Campaign – hang a hat on your front door to show thanks to the frontline food workers keeping us fed while we shelter at home. Tag a photo of it with #HatsOff. Let’s spread the love!
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Shaquille O’Neal voted for the first time, “and it feels good,” the retired NBA champ said on “The Big Podcast with Shaq”. Shaq, 48, said he hadn’t ever cast a ballot because he “never understood” the electoral college system. “I’ve never voted before, America,” he began. “But now I’m doing all these voting campaigns, and you know one thing I never like to do is be a hypocrite.”
He may be running for President in 2020, but Kanye has never actually voted before! During his stunning interview with Forbes back in July, Yeezy confirmed that he had registered to vote in Wyoming and would be casting a ballot for the “first time“. He’s already done so in Wyoming. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it onto the ballot where wife Kim Kardashian and the rest of the family are registered. He’s now encouraging everyone to write his name in on the ballot when they vote.
For years, Snoop Dogg thought he wasn’t able to vote because of his past felony convictions. He opened up on 92.3’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood radio show in June about how he discovered he was in fact allowed to cast a ballot. “For many years they had me brainwashed thinking that you couldn’t vote because you had a criminal record,” the rapper, 49, said. “I didn’t know that. My record’s been expunged so now I can vote. … I ain’t never voted a day in my life, but this year I think I’m going to get out and vote because I can’t stand to see this punk [Trump] in office one more year.”
Former boxing champ Mike Tyson, 54, is also among the stars voting for the first time in 2020. “This election will be my 1st time voting,” he tweeted on September 22, which was National Voter Registration Day. “I never thought I could because of my felony record. I’m proud to finally vote.”