Ariana Grande Follows Taylor Swift’s Lead, Encourages Fans To Vote

By Paris Close

October 21, 2018

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Ariana Grande is the latest musician to push her fans to the polls.

Following in the footsteps of Taylor Swift, the "Light Is Coming" singer used her social platform to encourage her Arianators to cast their votes as the upcoming midterm elections approach. Grande took to her Instagram Stories to share a snap of her ballot envelope, writing "Vote, f**kers," along with a heart icon.

It's the same attitude the "Look What You Made Me Do" performer expressed, albeit obscenity-free, a few weeks ago when she took to the platform to put her support behind Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper. In less than 24 hours, the 28-year-old's rare political statement inspired thousands to register to vote.

While Grande doesn't go as far as Swift to announce which candidates she's endorsing, it's good to know the 25-year-old is making good use of her time away from the spotlight. As by now, you've probably heard the crushing news of her recent breakup with comedian Pete Davidson, to whom she called off her engagement after going strong for four months.

Even so, Grande has since been focusing much of her attention on self-care and her career. She recently gave fans a glimpse at her upcoming BBC special and stunned in her first show since the split during NBC's upcoming A Very Wicked Halloween special.

"Time to say bye by to the internet for jus a lil bit," she wrote of her "sad" breakup in a since-deleted post following her set. "It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that i’m not tryna see rn. it’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep goin. love u. and thank u for bein here always."

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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