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Make Democracy Hot Again; A Round-Up of the Hottest VOTE Merch On the Internet

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I don’t know if you heard, but voting is in. In a generation when activism is practically a rite of passage, what could be cooler than leaving your mark on the world? Because that’s what voting fundamentally is: making your voice heard. In 2016, the election’s margins were so thin that the outcome was virtually decided by less than 80,000 people in three states. That means one thing: Every. Vote. Matters.

And while you may not be able to control what other people do, you can 100% encourage others to take themselves to the polls by publicly repping your love of voting.

If you’re passionate about democracy, what better way to show the world your love than through your clothes and accessories? You wouldn’t be the only one! Celebrities and change-makers are increasingly sporting vote-merch to get the word out there: voting looks good.

Take a look at our roundup of the hottest vote merch below!

Selena Gomez x Dover Street Market – When We All Vote Hoodie, $65

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Selena Gomez and Dover Street Market teamed up to collaborate on a “When We All Vote” collection that includes the retro-looking graphic hoodie above. According to Dover Street market, 100% of the profits will be donated back to the non-profit organization, When We All Vote. Buy the hoodie here.

Michelle Obama’s Vote Necklace – Bychiari, $295

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Michelle Obama cemented her status as a style icon by wearing a beautiful gold necklace with the words ‘vote’ hanging from its double chains to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Outlets were quick to find the source of the necklace, which is sold by jewelry company Bychiari for $295. Buy the necklace here.

Dr. Jill Biden’s ‘Votes’ Boots – Stuart Weitzman, $695

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Fashion-lovers got whipped up into a frenzy when they spotted photos of Dr. Jill Biden wearing these badass ‘Vote’ boots to the Delaware state primary. Some viewers speculated they were custom-made, but shoe retailer Stuart Weitzmen confirmed that the over-the-knee boots were part of a limited edition series called 5050 VOTE. Buy the boots here.

Diane Keaton’s ‘Vote Bitches’ Hat, $34

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Diane Keaton made waves on the internet when she was spotted sporting the hilarious (and very on-brand) ‘Vote Bitches’ baseball cap in September. Find a virtual identical version of the edgy hat on Etsy here.

‘Fierce Voter’ Tank, $24.99

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Wear your Latina pride to the polls by buying FIERCE by Mitú’s ‘Fierce Voter’ tank top. This loose-fitting tank is made of 100% Airlume-combed and ring-spun cotton and is perfect for the heat of early Fall. Buy here.

Joan Smalls’s Vote Tank – Etsy, $25

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The Puerto Rican supermodel posted a gorgeous selfie of herself to Instagram in a bold black tank with white block letters encouraging everyone to #VotoLatino. Look like Joan Smalls and buy a similar tank here on Etsy.

Schuyler Sisters ‘Vote’ Sticker – Etsy, $3.25

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If you’re looking for alternatives to tanks and t-shirts, look no further than this adorable ‘Vote’ sticker that features the Schuyler Sisters from Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Broadway masterpiece, “Hamilton”. Buy the eye-catching sticker here.

Hailey Bieber’s ‘Vote’ Mask – Maskc, $18 for pack of 10

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Be like the Brazilian-American supermodel and be safe while repping your love of Democracy. Fans across the internet were scrambling to get their hands on these trendy disposable masks after Hailey Bieber posted a gorgeous selfie of herself wearing the mask to Instagram. Buy the mask here.

‘Latinas Who Vote’ Mug, $14.99 – $17.99

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What better way to show off your love of voting than with your daily morning cup of coffee? This dishwasher and microwave-safe mug is a perfect addition to any kitchen collection. Head over to the Mitú store to wear your love of voting on your mug. Buy here.

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First Crocs, Now Adidas: Bad Bunny To Launch Major Collaboration And Here’s What We Know So Far

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First Crocs, Now Adidas: Bad Bunny To Launch Major Collaboration And Here’s What We Know So Far

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It seems like 2020 has been the year of sneaker collaborations – or in Bad Bunny’s case – Crocs collaborations. From Bad Bunny to J Balvin, Travis Scott to Christian Dior, it seems that everyone is trying to get their name on a fresh pair of sneakers.

And I’m not complaining. I love a good shoe collaboration as much as the next guy, however, news of a possible Adidas and Bad Bunny collaborations has me extra excited since both of those are my favorites of their respective worlds. For me: Adidas is to the sneaker world what Bad Bunny is to reggaetón.

So far there haven’t been a lot of details released by either San Benito nor Adidas but this is what we do know.

Adidas x Bad Bunny will be releasing an epic sneaker collection early next year.

It’s just weeks after Bad Bunny’s custom Crocs basically broke the Internet and we’re already getting news (or at least rumors) of a possible Adidas x Bad Bunny collaboration happening soon. According to a story by Complex, Bad Bunny is about to bring more of his signature looks to your sneaker collection.

The Complex story says that a source familiar with the brand’s product plans for next year told them about the likely collab. However, neither Adidas nor Bad Bunny have announced the sneaker and wouldn’t confirm the project when reached for comment. If true though, the kicks would likely arrive as part of the sportswear brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 offerings.

In a photo Complex shared of the rumored sneaker, we get a possible first look at the soon-to-be sold out sneaker. The color palette featured on the Puerto Rican’s take on the Forum silhouette looks quite similar to his crocs with all-beige detailing that very well may also be glow-in-the-dark. The kicks seem to feature light blue design details on the sole and side sole of the shoes.

An Adidas x Bad Bunny collab will likely do as well or even better then his recent Crocs launch.

If rumors are true, the Forum would be El Conejo Malo’s first sneaker collaboration, although he already has a wildly-successful Crocs line that he released in September. And fans have proven themselves willing to go to great lengths to get their hands on Bad Bunny anything basically (myself included!).

The Crocs retail for $60 USD but are already being resold for more than $200 USD on sites like e-bay. Not to mention that the Crocs launch left many fans disappointed because of their instant success – the line sold out within minutes.

When the collab was initially announced, Bad Bunny called himself a “longtime fan” of the famous brand, adding that he hoped his version inspires his fans to “have their own fun with their personal style and wearing what makes them happy.”

He even got a little sentimental, adding: “I believe in being true and not placing limitations on myself, which is also something Crocs represents, and this is the message I always want to make sure I send out to my fans.”

For those of you who aren’t well-versed in Croc lingo, Jibbitz charms are jewelry-like flair you can pin through the holes of your Crocs. The Bad Bunny x Crocs Jibbits reference his music from his recent YHLQMDLG album–fire emojis, stars, planets, a man holding a sign that says: zona de perreo. And, of course, there was a bunny Jibbit as well.

It’s no secret that Bad Bunny is a sneaker lover.

In a 2018 episode of Sneaker Shopping on Complex, Bad Bunny explained his footwear history, saying that his native Puerto Rico was lacking in boutique stores.

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve liked sneakers,” Bad Bunny said then.

He’s not the only Latin trap artist that’s expected to release their own shoe soon. Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin said in an April interview with High Snobiety that his Air Jordan 1 collaboration was supposed to launch in November. Jordan Brand hasn’t confirmed this news.

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Biden/Harris Campaign Appeals To Latino Youths In New Ads Weeks Before Election

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Biden/Harris Campaign Appeals To Latino Youths In New Ads Weeks Before Election

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Politicians understand that courting a broad and diverse coalition of voters is the key to winning the election. That is what paved the way for the 2008 victory of President Barack Obama as well as the House and Senate during the same election. So far, early voting numbers for young voters are way higher than this point in the 2016 election.

The Biden/Harris campaign is going strong to secure the youth vote days before the election.

The youth vote is an elusive vote and has always been. Presiden Barack Obama successfully brought the youth vote out in 2008 and that led to a sweep by Democrats in the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives. The Biden/Harris campaign is hoping for a similar youth turnout in this election to secure their path to the White House.

Biden and Harris are hoping to turn out young Latino voters.

Latinos are a large electoral voting bloc in the 2020 elections. For the first time ever, the Latino vote outnumbers the Black vote. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 32 million eligible Latino voters and that accounts for 13 percent of all eligible voters. This is a major step into democracy for the Latino community.

Youth voters are currently turning out in early voting in record numbers.

In Florida, current early and absentee voting numbers are showing almost 100,000 more early and absentee youth voters than this time in the 2016 election. Some of the increase in participation in early voting among young voters is pandemic still raging in the U.S. There is also an enthusiasm among young voters to get out and vote.

The 2020 election is energizing similar numbers to the 2008 election between President Obama and Sen. John McCain.

According to polling, 63 percent of voters between 18-29 said they are definitely voting in the 2020 election. This is a major increase in voter participation in 2016 and 2018. The number of young people planning to vote this year is much greater than the 47 percent who said they would vote in 2016 and the 40 percent who planned to vote in 2018. Polling further found that 60 percent of young voters strongly favor Biden in the upcoming election.

There is a lot of appreciation for the young people who are turning up and voting for their future.

This is shaping up to be the most important elections in our lifetime. The rights of several marginalized communities are at stake and access to affordable healthcare is being threatened. In the midst of a pandemic, there is a legal challenge by the Trump administration against the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that has become increasingly popular in recent years.

One of the most crucial parts of the ACA that would be erased if it is overturned is protections for those with pre-existing conditions. President Trump has often spoken about protecting those with pre-existing conditions but striking down the ACA would also eliminate those protections. There has been no plan to replace the ACA presented by the Trump administration or the Republican Party.

READ: Joe Biden Says ‘Healthcare is Not a Privilege, It’s a Right,’ Donald Trump and the GOP Disagree

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