As the 2016 presidential election is only eight days away, Beyoncé wants to remind her fans and followers on social media to get out there and vote. Over the weekend, the singer and actress used Instagram to give fans that extra push before November 8th. She put a special emphasis on the fact that we shouldn’t take our votes for granted.
“The right to use our voice at the polling stations this Election Day is not a privilege that should be taken lightly,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday. “Throughout history, from the women’s suffrage movement to the Civil Rights Movement, this is a right that we had to fight to obtain. It was our power that put the first Black president into the White House, and it was our influence that changed the course of history. Exercising the right to vote is imperative to our democracy. Click the link in my bio for local voter information, and make sure your voice is heard at the polls on November 8th.”
The caption accompanied a video clip from the Tidal concert on October 15th, in which Beyoncé called on her listeners to use their voice in the election. “I know this year has been extremely hard for all of us, and sometimes I know I felt very powerless and frustrated,” she says in the clip. “It can be easy to feel helpless and want to just block the world out, but doing nothing right now is not an option, y’all.”
But, she clarifies, “we are not helpless. The fight is still burning. Please go out and vote this November. So many people have died and sacrificed so much for us to have our voice, we have use it.”