Another year’s midterm elections have come and gone. Thousands of Americans voted, ballots have been counted and results are in.
Regardless if you actually voted in this year’s midterm elections, you’ve probably been encouraged by someone to go out and cast your vote.
Maybe it was someone with a clipboard on the sidewalk of a busy street or your grandma writing on your Facebook wall. Maybe it was a student in one of your classes or a public figure on social media platforms.
If you’re like me, you probably turned to Twitter, Instagram or other forms of social media to learn more about the elections and the ballots.
And if you turned to social media, you’re most likely seen encouragement to go vote plastered across all platforms. Stickers, hashtags, Instagram captions and more, all donning the same phrase: Get Out and Vote!
The elections were a perfect PR opportunity for celebrities to capitalize on. By voicing their opinions and using their star power, celebrities were able to encourage their fans and followers to go out and vote.
Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West, Eva Longoria, Mandy Moore and more took to Twitter to encourage people to vote.
By using their famous names and reputations, celebrities are spreading the word and reaching thousands of young Americans on social media. Ellen DeGeneres alone has 34.2 million Twitter followers!
In 2012, only 45% of Americans ages 18-22 voted, down from 51% in 2008. I believe it is crucial to encourage young Americans to get out and cast their vote and it appears celebrities realize the importance as well.
Did you vote this year? Are you happy about the results? Comment below and let’s discuss!