Celebrity’s Influence on the 2020 Election

The voter turnout of the 2020 election could depend on some endorsements from big names


Ashley Williams

Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is among those using their social media platforms to encourage Americans to go vote

Polling locations across the country opened their doors on November 3rd (wikimedia)

With the 2020 presidential election coming soon, many celebrities are doing the

Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is among those using their social media platforms to encourage Americans to go vote (Ashley Williams)

ir part in getting people to the polls. Encouraging their followers to register to vote has been a push by many big names in Hollywood and around the world. In 2016, only 55% of the voting age population voted. This means almost half the eligible voters did not vote, which most likely swayed the income of the election.

Some celebs worked together to make collaborative video, encouraging their fans to vote. Names such as Jason Alexander, Mayim Bialik, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jon Cryer, Tim Daly, Lea DeLaria, Richard Kind, Patina Miller and Dascha Polanco were featured in this video. Even bigger stars, such as Demi Lovato, Jennifer Aniston, Kylie Jenner, Lady Gaga, Michael B. Jordan, Justin, Bieber, and many more are making a push on social media platforms, encouraging young people to register and vote.

Social media has played a big role in this election, not only in reminding people to vote, but also swaying opinions of many. Platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Tiktok have been influential in getting people to register to vote. A plethora of superstars have publicly endorsed one of the two candidates, which may have an impact on the outcome of November 3rd. Those such as Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Tom Hanks, and The Rock have publicly come out and supported Biden, while 50 cent, Lil Pump, and Kid Rock have all come out in support of Trump. These endorsements could very well change the opinions and votes of many.

Lady Gaga found an inventive way to remind many to vote. She joked about releasing a new single on Twitter, and dropped a clip of her singing, the lyrics reminding people to vote. On National Voter Registration Day, Kerry Washington released a clip hinting at a new Scandel movie, with a link with “more information” attached. While the link did not contain more information, it did have a link to a voter registration website.

Some voters still remain undecided as to how they are voting on November 3rd. Isaac Duncan, a Lafayette High

Stephen Colbert is providing information about voting on betterknowaballot.com (Ashley Williams)

School alumnus, is one of those. “I’m registered to vote” he said “but I’m not sure who I’m going to vote for.” He wants to do more research on which candidate wants to raise wages for the military, as well as the total military budget, before making a decision. An educated method of deciding who to vote for is always a good choice.

Getting eligible voters to the polls is extremely important. It doesn’t take that many people to sway a close election. On top of this, depending on where you live, your vote could be very important to the electoral college, which ultimately decides the election. The electoral college is a system set in place at around the same time the US was founded. It gives a certain number of votes, or electors, to each state, depending on the state’s population. While many support this system, because it gives a voice to smaller states/states with less people, many believe it to be unfair, due to the fact that it makes the votes of some worth far more than the votes of others. Because of this, it is possible for a candidate to win the popular vote and still lose the election, like in the 2016 presidential election. Regardless, every vote is still important and matters. In the 2000 election, George Busch beat Al Gore by only 537 votes. If only a few hundred more people had voted, the president would’ve been completely different. Instances like these prove how important voting is for everyone.

Biden has been confirmed as the winner of the 2020 election, and while many are celebrating, many are devastated. President-elect Joe Biden won both the popular vote and the electoral college. While there are undoubtedly going to be countless lawsuits against individual states and baseless cries of voter fraud within the next few weeks, most sources have confirmed it is safe to call Biden as the winner of this election.