It’s no secret that our country has a massive deficit in the registered voters department. In fact, according to the White House, there are roughly 50 million eligible Americans who are not registered to vote. And so, in longtime activist and leader of the Wondaland regime, Janelle Monáe, has partnered with the White House to get to word and the vote out with a simple, but poignant message. Using the White House mailing list, Monae sent the following plea, urging the public to register for what is set to be a pivotal election and adding a bit of context to the very privilege to do so:
There was once a time when young African-American women like myself did not get the opportunity to vote. They simply could not.
I think about that every time I go to the polls to exercise that fundamental right — not just to honor those who fought so I could have it, but because, simply put, I know that this is an essential part of our democracy.
Whether we want to change our communities, or have a say in the public issues we care about the most — the power we have to make that happen is the power we have at the polls.
That’s why I exercise my right to vote.
Are you with me?
Well, are you? Register to vote today.