"When I got my ballot, I got really excited."

By Christopher Luu
Oct 27, 2020 @ 7:26 pm

Selena Gomez is a first-time voter and proud to say it. In a conversation with director Damien Chazelle for the All In Campus Democracy Challenge, Gomez explained that she hadn't voted before this year's presidential election — and she's excited to have her voice be heard. She and Chazelle spoke about the importance of outreach and worked with young people, encouraging them to text their friends and family and encourage them to vote. 

"Honestly, I'm not ashamed to say this, but ... I'm kind of ... This was my first time," she said. "This is so true and I'm now admitting it to people: my vote counts."

Earlier this week, she was spotted voting in New York City alongside Timothée Chalamet and the two shared their experience on Instagram Live.

"When I got my ballot, I got really excited, like feeling part of it," she added. "We want people to use their voice."

Gomez told Chazelle that she was initially nervous about texting strangers — what she and Chazelle did is like phone banking, but using text messages — but understood how important it is to mobilize young people and make real-life connections. She also mentioned that she's been putting more information about voting on her social media feeds to reach even more people. With 189.42 million followers, her reach is pretty amazing.

"My main focus has been this right now," she told Chazelle. "You can tell on my social media and everything, obviously, I'm super invested in this right now. It's been good. I feel hopeful."

During her hour-long #VotingPowerHour broadcast, more than 11,000 text messages got sent out.