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Here’s Why These Activists Are Urging You To Use Your Voice And Vote Today

Familia, it’s all going down today. If you’re reading this, there’s still time for you to get out and vote for the 2018 midterm. Vote for people who align with your beliefs and values because voting is a fundamental right. Vote for innovators who want to make college affordable to all Americans. Vote for people who see people and not “bad hombres.”

Voting in the midterm elections today is more important than ever, and these Latino bosses want you to help.

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Just a couple days ago, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Gina Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldana brought their star power to Florida to support Andrew Gillium, the current Tallahassee Mayor, for governor.

Overall, they were there for Latinos. According to Billboard, Eva Longoria came right out with it and said, “Latinos are under attack. We have the power to end Trump’s agenda against the Latino community.”

America Ferrera

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Caption: “Ok, Ladies (& gentlemen), now let’s get in formation! ????‍♀️????‍♀️????‍♂️Tomorrow is Election Day! Grab your friends and vote!!!! Find your voting location at Vote.org”

Eva Longoria

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Caption: “Calling all my fellow Texans! Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote! Make a difference this November: Get out there and VOTE y’all! ????”

Zoe Saldana

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Caption: “We ALL have at least one reason to vote on November 6. As a Latina, I know I have to vote.I’m voting because my vote is my voice.”

Gina Rodriguez

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At the rally, Rodriguez tore up the dance floor. She also got real, as seen in her Instagram videos, saying, “I get it feels scary. I get it. It feels scary. I get it. It feels like a lot. Just know that when you vote, you snatch all of that fear.”

Rosario Dawson

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Caption: “So grateful to all the folks canvassing, phonebanking, galvanizing the #vote! We need you. Without you democracy can not be realized. Thank you to each and every one of you for individually choosing to give face to the movement of hope and change. For creating community with civility, grace, passion and love. I am only one vote, but together we are many…!”

Jennifer Lopez

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Caption: “They think young people don’t vote, latinos don’t vote, women dont vote, PROVE THEM WRONG!!! This election affects us ALL. VOTE. It’s so important that ALL of our voices are heard, not just a few… we live in a beautiful country where we all have a say!!! I urge all of you PLEASE get out there and vote, there are so many issues at stake these elections!! And they affect us all in our daily lives in some way! If you are frustrated by what you been seeing and hearing, you can change it!! You have the power!!! I HAVE A BUNCH OF VOTER INFO IN MY STORIES TO HELP YOU!! #GOVOTE#VOTA #ELECTIONEVE #VOTETUESDAY”

Camila Cabello

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Caption: “JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! ➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️VOTE.ORG.”

Camila Mendes

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Caption: “i registered to vote while in canada shooting season 1 of riverdale — and as an overseas voter, i had to vote by snail mail — and i hate snail mail. @toryburch created a limited edition VOTE t-shirt, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Yara Shahidi’s @eighteenx18initiative to engage the next generation of voters. get your t-shirt and support the cause, but more importantly, REGISTER TO VOTE! #ownyourvote”

Justina Machado

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Justina Machado got tagged by a friend to record a short video telling the world why she voted. This is what she said:

“I’m voting because it’s my right. I’m voting because I care about this country. I’m voting because I care about you and I care about me. I’m voting because I care about decency. I care about the American dream andI still believe in the American dream. That’s why I’m voting.”

Oh, and then she tagged her TV daughter, Isabella Gomez to share her #whyivote story.

Isabella Gomez

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In her Instagram video, Isabella told her world, “I was challenged by my mami, Justina Machado, to tell you why I vote. I voted because when I moved to this country I was told it was the greatest country in the world. For a long time it felt that way and I believe it still can. I also voted because I know if we all vote, it will make a difference in our everyday lives and because its my responsibility as a citizen.”

Rita Moreno

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The living legend is not the most active social media user, and still, la abuelita to all of us took the time to share what it’s like to be Puerto Rican and forgotten by the American government.

It only takes one word to respond to todos los pendejos in charge: Vote.

George Lopez

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Caption: “To everyone who early voted #thankyou To those volunteers who have dedicated their time to a candidate #inappreciation Nov 6th is just a few days away be #chingon #chingonas And remember whatever you do DONT THROW ROCKS ???????? thank you @miss_jalexander#loveyouVote and lets help the living #votolatino #vote lets stop dwelling in the past ( the future ???????????????? smell your Grandmother’s hair ribbons in 6 days @betoorourke #voteforbeto”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Meanwhile, in 2016, we all skipped to the polls. We mean business this year, and Lin-Manuel Miranda has been active registering people to vote.

Gloria Estefan

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Well, actually, her grandson. Estefan posted a video of esto muñeco lindo telling the world that he wants everyone to vote because, “If [he] was 18, he would vote.”

It’s one of the perks of being an adult. Use it.

Jessica Alba

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Caption: “#VOTE for my kids and the world I want to raise them in that values equality, common sense, fairness and kindness. Why do you Vote? #midterms#whenweallvote #iamavoter”

Cyn Santana

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“Love & Hip Hop” star Cyn Santana has a strong, but clear message for all of us. She ain’t playin. Neither are we.

Selenis Leyva

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When you play a prisoner in a private, corrupt prison system on television, it changes you. Or maybe you’re just born Latina and you’re pissed off at the world right now and that’s enough.

Dascha Polanco

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Caption: “Vote vote. VOTE. This is no time to be complacent. If you’re mad, if you’re frustrated, we need you on Nov. 6. YOU are powerful. November is coming — it’s time to send our elected officials packing. #NoJusticeNoSeat #TakeitBack”

Jenna Ortega

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Even baby 16 year old Jenna Ortega, the younger throwback version of Jane Villanueva, is telling everyone to vote.

It doesn’t take long and you can reference voter guides offered by some of your favorite advocacy rights organizations (i.e. The Human Rights Campaign, Voto Latino, Progressive Voter Guides, y más). No matter who you vote for, the most important thing is that you’re out there doing it.


READ: Republicans Have Made Voting In This Majority Latino Town In Kansas Nearly Impossible

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The Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Allowing States To Punish Electoral College

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The Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Allowing States To Punish Electoral College

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News straight from the Supreme Court might just mean a more fair election this 2020. According to reports, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing states to reprimand members of the Electoral College should they break a pledge to vote for their state’s popular vote winner for presidential elections. The decision comes heavily on the heels of the looming election season.

The decision was sparked after 10 of the 538 presidential electors made their own decisions in 2016 and voted for candidates other than the one they’d pledged to vote for.

Up until Monday, only 32 out of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia had laws that discouraged “faithless electors.” At that time, none of the states had ever actually reprimanded or removed an elector based on their vote. The Supreme Court decision came with a 9-0 count.

“Today, we consider whether a State may also penalize an elector for breaking his pledge and voting for someone other than the presidential candidate who won his State’s popular vote. We hold that a State may do so,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote.”The Constitution’s text and the Nation’s history both support allowing a State to enforce an elector’s pledge to support his party’s nominee — and the state voters’ choice — for President.”

In 2016, three presidential electors in Washington state voted for Colin Powell over the popular votes push for Hillary Clinton. Another voted for anti-Keystone XL pipeline activist Faith Spotted Eagle. At the time, Washington’s Supreme Court upheld a $1,000 fine.

In Colorado, during the 2016 election, Micheal Baca attempted to vote for John Kasich instead of Clinton but his vote was rejected. He was removed and replaced and referred for a potential perjury prosecution. No charges were filed, however. According to CNN, Baca “filed suit, and ultimately won when the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals held that while the state does have the power to appoint electors, that does not extend to the power to remove them.”

Oddly, Frodo Baggins, the beloved hobit from the Lord of The Rings trilogy became a part of the court’s historical record during oral arguments.

According to reports, Justice Clarence Thomas used Baggins as an example “The elector who had promised to vote for the winning candidate could suddenly say, ‘You know, I’m going to vote for Frodo Baggins. I really like Frodo Baggins.’ And you’re saying, under your system, you can’t do anything about that,” Thomas asked.

During the case, Justice Kagan went through the history of the Electoral College and spoke about the presidential election of 1796. The election was the first contested presidential election in the United States and saw John Adams come in first and Thomas Jefferson second. “That meant the leaders of the era’s two warring political parties—the Federalists and the Republicans—became President and Vice President respectively. (one might think of this as fodder of the new season of Veep),” Kagan wrote.

Kagan also referenced Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “Hamilton” nothing that “Alexander Hamilton secured his place on the Broadway stage—but possibly in the cemetery too—by lobbying Federalists in the House to tip the election to Jefferson, whom he loathed but viewed as less of an existential threat to the republic,” she wrote. Justice Thomas agreed with Kagan writing “nothing in the Constitution prevents States from requiring Presidential electors to vote for the candidate chosen by the people.”

Here’s hoping this new change in the Supreme Court ruling ensures a better election outcome.

Congressman Steve King Of Iowa, Known For Racist Comments, Loses To Republican Challenger In Primary

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Congressman Steve King Of Iowa, Known For Racist Comments, Loses To Republican Challenger In Primary

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You might remember Representative Steve King of Iowa as the person who’s campaign attacked Parkland shooting survivor Emma González. The Republican politician is officially out of Congress after losing to Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra.

Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra defeated Representative Steve King in the Republican primary in Iowa.

Sen. Feenstra defeated Rep. King by 9.7 points ending the incumbent’s career after 18 years. Rep. King will still be a member of Congress during the remainder of the election as Republican Sen. Feenstra goes against Democrat J.D. Scholten. Scholten almost defeated Rep. King in 2018.

Rep. King’s controversial and offensive attitude led to his colleagues stripping him of his committee roles.

Rep. King was shunned by the Republican Party in 2019. The Congressman asked in an interview with The New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

The language was enough to draw harsh criticism from members of his party. He was stripped of all of his committee assignments because of the comments.

Rep. King has a long history of racist comments.

In 2016, Rep. King was on tv when he asked if nonwhite groups have contributed to society. The comments were met with instant criticism from people denouncing the racist comments.

“This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” Rep. King said on a panel. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

People are happy to see Rep. King lose his primary race.

There has been a movement to change politicians. It was clear in the 2018 elections that Americans wanted different representation when Democrats flipped enough seats in the House of Representatives to hold a majority over the Republicans. Rep. King is the latest in controversial Republican politicians to be voted out by upset constituents.

READ: AOC Called Out Rep. Steve King For Willfully Risking Pink Eye Instead Of Admitting Migrants Deserve Better Treatment