The Regrettes' Lydia Night Says 'I'm Voting Because...I'm Angry'

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Lydia Night of The Regrettes performs on day 4 of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 5, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. 

The singer turned 18 two weeks ago.

In the lead-up to the Nov. 6 midterm elections, Billboard reached out to artists across the musical spectrum with a simple request: Complete the phrase "I'm voting because..." Below is the answer from Lydia Night, lead singer of The Regrettes, who just turned 18 and is excited to vote in her first election. Concerned about the environment, women's safety and healthcare, Night summed up why she's voting in a simple phrase: "Because I'm scared."

I’m voting because I am a young woman in America and therefore, I need to. By not voting, I would be saying, “Hey world! I love the way you are! You are so perfect and changing anything about you would be ridiculous!” Yeah, um, no. That is far from reality, so I am choosing to do one of the easiest things I can do to actually try and be a real human in society, fighting for what I believe in. I need to vote because I don’t want [alleged] sexual predators to sit in our oval office. I need to vote because if i’m ever assaulted, I want to live in a country where people believe me. I need to vote because I’m angry.

I’m voting because I just became an adult and need to worry about my healthcare. Millions of Americans aren’t lucky enough to have healthcare and the only time they can see doctors is after waiting for hours in the chairs of emergency rooms. Our government wants to deny healthcare to people with pre-existing conditions. This would mean my dad, who was just diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, would lose his healthcare. I need to vote because I’m sad.

I’m voting because I love breathing fresh air and drinking clean water. It baffles me that the people running our government not only have no concern for our earth, but are doing everything they can to pollute it through deregulation. I need to vote because I want to one day have children of my own and take them to the beach and swim with them in the water. I need to vote because none of this matters if they don’t have a healthy planet to live on. I need to vote because we are the only country in the world that isn’t a part of the Paris agreement. I need to vote because I’m scared.


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