How Celebs Are Helping Get Out the Vote for the 2020 Election

Halle Berry, Demi Lovato & Adam Rippon

These stars have partnered with GLAAD to help out the vote in their home states. Each of them have recorded voice messages to send to LGBTQ voters and allies in battleground states of Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania about early voting, voting deadlines, and the issues at stake in this election. 

Texas native Lovato reminds voters that early voting is ongoing through Oct. 30, and says, “So much is on the line. Marriage equality, adoption, the safety and the dignity of transgender Americans, racial justice. Let’s use our voices to create a landslide for equality. We can do it, if we do it together.” 

You can listen to Lovato’s message here.

In a message to voters in her home state of Ohio, the Oscar winner reminds Ohioans that early voting is ongoing now through Nov. 2, or they can vote in person on Election Day, Nov. 3.

You can listen to Berry’s message here.

The Olympic figure skating star has recorded calls going out to his home state of Pennsylvania, reminding voters that early voting is ongoing now in Pennsylvania through Oct. 27. 

You can listen to Rippon’s message here.

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Ariana Grande

The singer teased fans by posting a screenshot of a tweet on Instagram that said, “i can’t wait to give u my album this month.” She then captioned the post, “But let’s act like we don’t get to hear it unless we vote ?,” which caused her comments to get flooded with excited fans, ready to vote and ready to blast new !

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Yara Shahidi

Shahidi is doing her happy dance and remaining faithful that her followers will vote and continue to stay involved even after the election. 

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Lady Gaga

Gaga doesn’t want you to give up when it comes to voting, so much so that she wrote a song to help you do it!

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Michael B. Jordan

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Vote Early ✅ ?

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The actor got all of our attention when he posted this too-hot-to-handle selfie to get people ready to run to the polls.

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LeBron

The four-time NBA champion’s More Than a Vote organization will host When We All Vote Together early vote Weeks of Action — from Oct. 18 to 26 — to help people get excited to vote early. During these weeks of action, WWAV will provide transportation, food, music, personal protective equipment (PPE) and voter protection support to voters near early voting sites in cities around the country. Other Weeks of Action partners include Lyft, World Central Kitchen, BET, MTV, Comedy Central, National Urban League, and many more. 

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Laura Dern

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Hey everyone! My name is Megan, and I’m a volunteer with Students Demand Action (@studentsdemand), a national movement of high school and college-aged activists working to end gun violence. Thank you so much, Laura, for letting me share my plans for Election Day! This year, I can’t wait to join my fellow student activists around the country to help ensure every voter’s access to the ballot box through the #DemocracyDemandsAction program, which offers opportunities to volunteer on Election Day. You can sign up to be a poll worker, a poll monitor, or a member of a voter support squad, all of which will help ensure the safety and integrity of the 2020 election. On November 3, I will be working as a poll worker in my community since there has been a nationwide shortage of poll workers because of the pandemic. By doing my part, I will help my local polling site run smoothly and help ensure every eligible American can exercise their right to vote, regardless of age, race, or zip code. There are so many ways to get involved and volunteer on Election Day so check out Democracy Demands Action by texting DEMOCRACY to 644-33 to learn more!

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Stars like Dern, Julianne Moore, Big Freedia and Amy Schumer have lent their social media platforms for takeovers with Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, the nation’s leading grassroots gun violence prevention organizations. The initiative encourages people to get involved by becoming a poll worker, becoming a poll monitor or joining a voter support squad to ensure voters that they have what they need on election day.

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Snoop Dogg

Not only did the rapper say he would be voting for the first time ever this November, he also partnered with the Democratic National Committee to launch a new ad, “Drop It In The Box!” Featuring his hit song “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” the ad highlights how voters can drop their ballot in a convenient drop box location. 

“This is the most important election of our lifetimes and it’s my first time voting. We need every single American to get out there and vote,” said Snoop Dogg. “It’s time for ya’ll to drop those ballots like they’re hot — in your local drop box. Vote early and let ‘em know our voices will be heard! 

The spot also directs voters to IWillVote.com to learn about drop box locations in their state and any other information they may need to make their plan to vote. 

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Shaquille O’Neal

The former NBA star may have accomplished a lot in his 48 years, but there’s one thing the of Famer has never done: vote.

During an episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq, however, the basketball icon revealed that he finally cast a ballot for the 2020 presidential election. “I voted for the first time, and it feels good,” O’Neal revealed, noting that he recently submitted his absentee ballot.

Shocked to hear the confession, co-host John Kincade, exclaimed, “I can’t believe it!”

O’Neal said a major factor in casting his ballot this year was that he had become more involved in various voting campaigns.

“You know I always like being honest on my podcast. I’ve never voted before, America. But, now I’m doing all these voting campaigns, and you know one thing I never like to do is be a hypocrite,” he explained. The athlete did not reveal who he voted for.

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The Cast of GLOW

Less than a week after Netflix announced that the series had been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show’s stars got together for a virtual reunion. In addition to taking a walk down memory lane, they encouraged their fans to vote in the 2020 presidential election.

“Our show is among many other things about people who sometimes feel powerless [that] do powerful things,” said Betty Gilpin. “Right now, I think the most powerful thing you can do is vote.”

Working together with HeadCount to support the Good to Vote campaign, the cast previously teased that if 250 of their fans registered to vote or made a voting plan, they would have the live Q&A — and if 1,000 joined in, Marc Maron would join in the fun.

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Samuel L. Jackson

In a new ad supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the actor gives a brief history lesson on voter suppression in the U.S. and urges voters to hit the polls as soon as they can to cast their ballot in the 2020 presidential election.

“New day, same old dirty tricks,” Jackson says in the clip, before the ad runs through headlines about voting issues, including President Donald Trump’s recent efforts against mail ballots.

“If your vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t try so hard to take it from you,” says Jackson.

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Hailey Baldwin

Baldwin modeled a mask with the word “vote” written all over to send her 29.5 million followers a message.

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Pharrell Williams

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The star shared a quote from the late John Lewis, that reads, “The VOTE is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.”

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Mark Ruffalo

“In case you need a little reminder. You’re not only voting for yourself, but for your community, for your friends, for your family, for the LGBTQ+ community, for the next generation who cannot vote in this election, and many more marginalized communities in November,” Ruffalo wrote on Instagram.

“Take a stand. Your vote & your voice matters,” he added.

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Bradley Cooper

Watch as the A-lister breaks down the do’s and don’ts of voting in Pennsylvania. 

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Demi Lovato

Lovato loves this voter guide from I Am a Voter, so she’s sharing it with you!

“Share it with your friends and fam who may need it ? Let’s all do our part and place our votes this year! It’s so important,” she wrote.

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America Ferrera

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“What am I thinking about here?” Ferrera asked her followers on Instagram.

“A. How to get out the vote
B. How to get out the vote but smiling
C. How to get out the vote on @latenightseth tonight while also talking about @she_sepuede and @nbcsuperstore and wearing all the pink!”

Can you guess which one was right?

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Amber Tamblyn

“We’re less than 30 days out from the most important election in modern American history,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “Join me and this powerful coalition of womxn at @themeteor for 30 days of actions, conversations, and voter education. Follow, watch, vote. No regrets.”

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Viola Davis

“VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!” Davis captioned a clip from the vice presidential debate, which took place on Oct. 7.

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Octavia Spencer

The actress posted important by-mail voter registration deadlines to her 1.2 million followers.

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Taylor Swift

Swift will also be voting for Biden, and revealed her choice to V Magazine.

In the issue, Swift said that the “change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included.”

She also posted about her V Magazine cover on Instagram, writing, “I spoke to @vmagazine about why I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for president. So apt that it’s come out on the night of the VP debate. Gonna be watching and supporting @kamalaharris by yelling at the tv a lot.”

“And I also have custom cookies ???,” she added, referring to a second pic she included with herself holding a plate of Biden/Harris 2020 cookies.

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Jennifer Lawrence

The actress revealed her endorsement for Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, speaking to V Magazine as one of 12 cover stars for their upcoming Thought Leaders issue.

“I’m voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this year because Donald Trump has and will continue to put himself before the safety and well-being of America,” said Lawrence. “He does not represent my values as an American, and most importantly as a human being.”

The Oscar winner noted that “voting is the foundation of our democracy and our freedom,” adding that she “would consider this upcoming election the most consequential of our lifetime.”

Lawrence also touched on her status as a board member for RepresentUs over the last three years, describing the group as “an incredible non-partisan movement and anti-corruption organization working to unrig America’s broken political system, and put power back in the hands of the American people.”

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Kylie Jenner

The megastar got her 197.6 million followers to starting thinking about a voting plan by captioning a few sizzling shots on Instagram, “but are you registered to vote? click the link in my bio.. let’s make a plan to vote together”

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Frank Ocean

Towards the end of the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the star posted an Instagram Story to ask his followers to vote, and to register on his website Blonded.co if they haven’t already.

“Debates are on. It all feels fake. The problem’s that it’s not,” Ocean wrote. “Donald is president and might not leave the White House even if he loses the race so some say. Pls vote. Watching him dragged out will be way more entertaining than these debates.”

He added, “If you’re not registered swipe up to blonded.co the form just takes 2 minutes to fill out. Goodnight.”

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Jamie Foxx

In a new video message for RepresentUs’ United to Save the Vote initiative shared exclusively with PEOPLE, the Oscar winner sits on a staircase to explain how many Americans can cast their vote from the comfort of their own homes.

“Listen, this is the most important time. This right now, this election is the most important election,” Foxx begins in the minute-long clip, then displaying a mail-in absentee ballot in his hand. “You can do all this at your crib. It says ‘official early absentee ballot’ but you’re not absent — you are present at your house.”

Foxx said the “self-explanatory” socially distanced voting format — which people are increasingly turning to amid the novel coronavirus pandemic — is “the way you let your voice be heard.” (Voters can use online resources for the specific requirements around mail ballots in their states.)

“I cannot stress enough that this year we’ve gone through so much, we’ve gone through so many trials and tribulations, but this is how you allow your voice to be heard,” he said. “People have marched, people have died back in the day so we can have the opportunity to vote.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, Foxx says he’s “part of United to Save the Vote because this is the most important moment in our lives.” He adds: “Let’s not miss the moment. No matter how you vote, vote.”

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Billie Eilish, DJ Khaled & Taylor Swift

These music superstars are rallying together to encourage voter registration.

On Sept. 15, 2020, the international advocacy organization Global Citizen and voter registration organization HeadCount announced the non-partisan Just Vote campaign, for which the goal is to “engage 1 million young voters and get 50,000 young people registered ahead of the 2020 elections.”

In order to incentivize exercising one’s right to vote, celebs will reward and engage young Americans by “offering exclusive experiences, performances and memorabilia donated by artists and entertainers that can only be unlocked through checking your voting registration status.”

Some of the artists revealed so far to be participating in the campaign include Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Finneas, DJ Khaled, Billy Porter, Julianne Hough, Usher, Quavo, Loren Gray and Nicky Jam. 

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Cobie Smulders

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After many hours in a Federal building double masked, lathering myself repeatedly in hand sanitizer and acing the first test I’ve taken since High School I am a Dual Citizen of ??/?? (Canada you will always be my first❤️). I have been living in the US for 16 years now working and paying taxes, making little humans, creating a family and making this Country my home. But I have been unable to Vote. I am excited to do so in this coming election in November. It is an opportunity that I will not waste and am grateful to have my Vote count when so many people who are working and living in this country as long or longer than I have are not able to. Please do not waste this chance to express your beliefs and have it be counted. Please do not think that your vote does not matter. It does. I am a Democrat and will be casting my first ?? vote for Presidential nominee @joebiden and VP @kamalaharris VOTE❤️

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The actress shared on Instagram that she has become a U.S. citizen, and will be using her new opportunity to vote in the upcoming election.

“After many hours in a Federal building double masked, lathering myself repeatedly in hand sanitizer and acing the first test I’ve taken since High School I am a Dual Citizen of ??/?? (Canada you will always be my first ❤️),” she captioned a selfie.

“I have been living in the US for 16 years now working and paying taxes, making little humans, creating a family and making this Country my home,” she continued. “But I have been unable to Vote. I am excited to do so in this coming election in November. It is an opportunity that I will not waste and am grateful to have my Vote count when so many people who are working and living in this country as long or longer than I have are not able to.”

“Please do not waste this chance to express your beliefs and have it be counted,” she urged. “Please do not think that your vote does not matter. It does.”

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Andy Cohen

NBC News’ Plan Your Vote initiative has tapped major stars like Cohen, Christian Slater, Porsha Williams, Kelly Clarkson and more to urge people to plan their vote, and to do it now.

Watch the full clip to see your favorite stars encourage you to vote — whether it’s in-person, early or on election day.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

PEOPLE has the exclusive first look at the star’s video with Vox Media for a new limited series called, Whose Vote CountsExplained, which is produced by Vox and Vox Media Studios, in partnership with his Appian Way Productions. Voting resources are available throughout the series from several organizations, including When We All Vote.

“In 1776, voting was a privilege, almost exclusively for white men with property,” DiCaprio, 45, says in the clip.

“In the founding constitution, you will not find the right to vote. This right to vote has been a battlefield in American democracy,” says a Black female voter.

“If your vote didn’t matter, why the hell are so many systems and people trying so hard to prevent you from voting?” a Black male voter asks.

“All of us may have been created equal. But we’ll never actually be equal until we all vote. So don’t wait,” DiCaprio says.

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Katie Holmes

Holmes was spotted out and about in N.Y.C. rocking a T-shirt emblazoned with the message “Vote Now” from Old Navy. 

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Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum & Sam Neill

The Jurassic Park stars got together to send a message on Instagram.

“It’s National Voter Registration Day!” Dern wrote on Sept. 22. “Make sure you and your coworkers are signed up to vote. I did!!”

She added, “The future is voting. Link in my bio!!! #votethewayyouseeit #clevergirl #thefutureisvoting #justvote #voteready #nationalvoterregistrationday ✔️✔️✔️”

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Amy Schumer

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Mama Schumer got the attention of her followers by posting this adorable clip of her son Gene, and then cleverly pivoting her caption to get people to vote.

“The world is burning but this was a nice moment. Please make a voting plan and make sure everyone in your phone has a voting plan supermajority.com can help,” she wrote.

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Keke Palmer

The actress sent out a PSA on Instagram to get people excited and prepared to vote.

“It’s GO time poohs!! Gimme a heart in the comments if you and your crew is ready!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️,” she captioned her clip.

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Katy Perry

The singer reposted I am a voter, a nonpartisan movement dedicated to creating a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement, to encourage her followers to “text VOTER to 26797 to find out if you are eligible to vote early or to vote by mail and request your mail-in ballot.” 

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Mike Tyson

The professional boxer shared on Twitter that he will be voting in the upcoming election after spending years thinking he was unable to participate.

“This election will be my 1st time voting,” Tyson wrote. “I never thought I could because of my felony record.”

“I’m proud to finally vote,” he added.

The athlete announced the news alongside a link to register to vote and the hashtag “#NationalVoterRegistrationDay.”

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

“We’re six weeks out from the election, and today is Voter Registration Day,” Meghan said on ABC in her and Harry’s first primetime TV appearance to celebrate TIME magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people. “Every four years, we’re told, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.”

Harry also made a nonpartisan appeal for how people engage with each other online in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election.

“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,” he said. “What we consume, what we are exposed to, and what we engage with online, has a real effect on all of us.”

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John

The musician showed off a “vote” mask and clipboard that reads “register to vote now” in an Instagram post on Sept. 17.

“Though great strides have been made in the exciting field of telepathy, voting is still the only means of electing our government officials. Register to vote now at HeadCount.org. @headcountorg,” he captioned the photo.

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Chris Evans

After accidentally sharing an NSFW photo on his Instagram Story, Evans took the less-than-ideal situation and turned it into an opportunity to encourage his fans to vote.

“Now that I have your attention…. VOTE Nov 3rd!!!” Evans tweeted.

Evans also launched a political website in August called A Starting Point, where people can go to find reliable, fact-based information about basic political topics and policies.

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Reese Witherspoon

“Celebrate your Independence by making sure you are registered to vote! It’s up to every U.S. citizen to be part of creating the change you want to see in our country,” the actress wrote on July 4. “Let’s get involved in our communities, our schools, our local governments. Your participation MATTERS.”

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Rita Wilson

The When We All Vote co-chair participated in a “Couch Party” event to help get eligible women registered and ready to vote. The event included Meghan Markle, Glamour Editor-In-Chief Samantha Barry, Valerie Jarrett, Yvette Nicole Brown and DJ Diamond Kuts.

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Tzi Ma

The actor shared voter information posted by Wash the Hate, an organization that helps combat violence against individuals of Asian descent, on Instagram. He re-shared the org’s educational slides and captioned his post, “This is how you make your protests pay off! Vote the haters out!”

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Oprah Winfrey

The media mogul and philanthropist has launched her own initiative on her OWN network. Own Your Vote is a “bipartisan, pro-social campaign of actions and events for and with Black women, connecting them to urgent political actions, giving their concerns a powerful microphone, and placing a spotlight on key community issues,” according to its website.

The star encouraged her 19.3 million followers to follow the org’s social media account and to vote by captioning her post, “John Lewis left us with marching orders: ‘The vote is the most powerful non-violent tool we have.’ Use it y’all!” 

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Michelle Obama

The former first lady, who helped launched When We All Vote alongside Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill,and Tim McGraw in 2018, has announced seven new co-chairs who have signed on to help get more people inspired to vote.

When We All Vote, a national, nonpartisan organization created to help increase voter participation in every election, welcomed celebrities Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Shonda Rhimes, Megan Rapinoe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington and Rita Wilson as its newest Voting Squad. Head to whenweallvote.org to create your own Voting Squad today.

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LeBron James

“I’m really proud to be a part of the @morethanavote founding team and to share our call to action (which you can read in the @undefeatedespn today),” the NBA player captioned his slideshow, which shares other stars — like Bun B, Damian Lillard, Kevin Hart and More — who are active participants.

James’ More Than a Vote organization was created to help combat systemic, racist voter suppression by educating, energizing and protecting the Black community.

“When George Floyd was murdered and all of us organized in the streets and on social media to demand action, More Than a Vote came together. We are a coalition of Black athletes using our influence to educate, energize and protect Black voters. ✊???,” James continued.

“The letter we released today tells you what we’re doing and how you can help,” he wrote, referencing an open letter, which further explains the organization’s mission, published by The Undefeated. “Take the time to read this and consider stepping up. Black voter suppression in 2020 is very real and we need you in the game! ???,” he concluded, then added hashtags “#BlackLivesMatter” and “#VoterSuppression”

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Sarah Silverman

Silverman shared on Instagram that she, along with several other actors and comedians, teamed up for a “fiercely nonpartisan virtual gala to protect the 2020 election,” The event was held on Aug. 30 by RepresentUs , an organization that helps “pass powerful state and local laws that fix our broken elections and stop political bribery,” according to its website.

Randall Park, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, Dave Matthews and more also joined the virtual gala, which can be seen here.

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Kerry Washington

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Washington donned her most patriotic voting attire to share her message loud and clear: Vote! She also spoke before select members of Congress to rally for safe and fair elections, and posted her conversation on Instagram in late September.

“To all the voters✊?,” the caption on her clip began. “Today, I spoke before select members of Congress to request safe & fair elections in all states. Because our representatives should represent our best interests and protect our right to VOTE & participate in our democracy without risking the health of ourselves and our families.”

She wrote the hashtag “#WeMatter” before adding, “All of us!”

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Mindy Kaling

The actress wants you to vote and has shared a number of powerful illustrations on her social media to get her point across.

“Do it safely. Do it right,” she captioned this work of art by Sophie Parsons. She also cited Rock the Vote, an organization where her followers can get more info on this year’s voting process.

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Michelle Kwan

Asian-American athletes, actors, musicians and more came together to film a PSA with Now This News to encourage Asian Americans to go out and vote.

“Hey, let’s vote!!!!!” former Olympian Michelle Kwan captioned a clip of the PSA she posted on Instagram. “AAPI’s can be a margin of victory. Let’s do our part.”

In addition to Kwan, the PSA features Megan Lee, Dante Basco, Kristina Wong, Lou Diamond Phillips and more.

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Ayesha & Steph Curry

The Currys shared a video of a candid family discussion that aired during the DNC about the upcoming election, the importance of voting and what they hope to see as parents, who “want to ensure a better, brighter, safe and fair future” for their children.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The star not only encouraged people to vote while hosting the final night of the Democratic National Convention, she has also been vocal on her social media, providing resources where voters can make donations, volunteer as poll workers and learn how to vote by mail.

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