With the 2018 midterm elections just around the corner, a number of Hollywood stars are using their platforms to encourage people to vote.
Taylor Swift broke her long political silence in early October, endorsing two Democratic candidates in Tennessee in an Instagram post that encourages fans to register and vote, which subsequently was credited with sparking a surge in signups.
Beyond simply taking to social media, a number of politically engaged stars such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Billy Eichner, Yara Shahidi, Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda are participating in various initiatives designed to increase turnout at the polls, sharing resources and information — and urging people to register and vote — so that people can make their voices heard Nov. 6.
Hanks and Miranda have even joined forces with former first lady Michelle Obama.
Marvel stars Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have teamed up with March for Our Lives to encourage first-time voters to hit the polls. And Full Frontal host Samantha Bee is seeking to educate voters through a mobile trivia app that also enables users to win money.
Read on for more about the ways in which Hollywood is trying tried to persuade people to get involved in the upcoming elections.