Ariana Grande encourages fans to vote in midterm elections


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    Ariana Grande has encouraged her fans to vote in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.

    The Sweetener hitmaker has followed in the footsteps of her fellow pop star Taylor Swift by sharing a message on social media regarding the importance of Americans voting in November.

    Grande, 25, posted a photo of her ballot envelope on her Instagram Story and simply wrote: "vote, f**kers"

    Swift has been notoriously apolitical until earlier this month, when she revealed she would be voting for Democrats in her adopted Tennessee - and then later urged her fans to register to vote early.

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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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    "Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values," the Shake It Off star wrote on Instagram. "For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100 per cent on every issue, but we have to vote anyway."

    Despite announcing she was taking a self-imposed break from social media, Grande has been sharing posts and videos on Instagram, including a recent post in which she announced the date and details of her upcoming BBC special, set to air in the U.K. next month.

    She also uploaded snaps from behind-the-scenes of the NBC show A Very Wicked Halloween, in which she is performing a tribute to the famous Broadway play, Wicked.

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    It's been a tough year for Grande, after the tragic death of her former boyfriend, Mac Miller, in September, and her split from fiance Pete Davidson earlier this month, following a whirlwind romance.

    The God is a Woman singer was spotted spending time with her mother in New York over the weekend, and kept her look casual by wearing an oversized sweatshirt and sneakers.

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