Today, November 6, 2018, is an important day in contemporary news and history. Individuals of all backgrounds and ages have gone straight to the polls. Sharing their pride in voting for a better world after recurring divisive events happening after the Primary’s, social media users share their words and images calling for solidarity among all Americans.
What are Midterm Elections?
With changes in the boiling political atmosphere, people are at the edge of their seats to see where these votes will go and what will change. Affecting seats in Congress and basically other high influencing political seats, voters challenge their government with big voter turn out in multiple states. Some, including Georgia, nearly doubling voter turn up.
Voters are showing up to the Midterms to participate in choosing what direction 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 seats of the Senate will take during President Donald Trump’s first term. All these will be contested and will affect future actions in a federal, state, and local level.
What are people saying?
From the latest Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness is a vocal, political influencer and hairstylist, now television star taking action in all forms of service whether it be weekly podcasts or stories with up and coming politicians. Coming up to these elections, Jonathan has shared his platform with politicians he is proud to share ideas with. He has set a great example of what it means to be an influencer but still be involved and active in civic duties.
Instagram released an “I Voted” sticker which automatically shares with your followers in a separate story. Influencers and celebrities alike share tips and information surrounding today’s polls.
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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!
Some accounts share pictures and tweets that others have said. Here’s one from Robert DeNiro:
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Yes, Robert De Niro! On Tuesday, American voters will have the opportunity to choose representatives who could have major impacts on issues like immigration, health care, and education. For a full list of things you need to know about the upcoming midterm elections in the US, visit the link in our bio. (📷: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) #citizenship #robertdeniro #uspolitics #vote #voting #gotv #politics #midterms #2018midterms
News and media accounts post reminders to social media users as well:
And artists are sharing their vision with followers:
Some musicians and rappers also give incentives for fans to vote. Rapper Travis Scott released a promotion for Houston’s final tickets to those who prove they have voted.