Celebrities had been vocal about the importance of voting for months leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, November 3. Stars including Ryan Reynolds,Selena Gomez and Shaquille O’Neal even revealed that they voted for the first time.
“It was Ryan’s first time,” Blake Lively wrote alongside an Instagram photo with her actor husband, who was born in Canada. “He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friends. #voteearly.”
Gomez, meanwhile, got candid with her followers about why she decided to cast her vote for the first time.
“Honestly, I’m not ashamed to say this … this was my first time,” the 28-year-old “Rare” singer said during her Voting Power Hour appearance on October 24. “And I’m going to say that because I’ve never felt — and this is so true — and I’m now like admitting it to people, like my vote counts. Like, every little thing counts, so I just think some people get in their head, and they’re like, ‘Oh well, what does it matter?’ And then once I really, really started going in and diving in to this, it’s been all I can focus on.”
O’Neal, 48, shared a similar settlement, admitting that he “never understood” the Electoral College system.
“I voted for the first time, and it feels good,” he said on “The Big Podcast with Shaq” during the October 7 episode. “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.”
“She realizes how powerful her voice is and wanted to use it for the greater good,” an insider told Us Weekly in May about the singer, who previously stayed mum on political issues. “She wanted to speak out against inequalities in the world and support minorities.”