The primary elections in West Virginia, Georgia, North Dakota, Nevada and South Carolina are happening today (June 9), and artists from Selena Gomez to Ariana Grande are making sure their fans are getting their ballots in.
Grande and Camila Cabello partnered with HeadCount, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works with musicians to help register their fans to vote and participate in democracy. Meanwhile, Gomez, Kelly Roland, Tegan and Sara, Faith Hill and Ryan Destiny shared a public service announcement from When We All Vote, another non-profit, non-partisan organization launched by Hill, Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul and Tim McGraw to increase voter participation by closing the race and age gap.
But musicians like Michelle Williams, Naya Rivera, Jermaine Dupri, The Mountain Goats, Big Boi and Estelle felt very concerned about voter suppression in Georgia, which has a long history of subduing Black voters, after state officials, poll workers and voters reported issues with the new voting machines that made them wait in long lines and cast provisional ballots. Lil Jon even headed to the polling places in Georgia to make sure the local Black community would be encouraged and bolstered adequately with Black Voters Matter, a non-profit organization "dedicated to expanding Black voter engagement & increasing progressive power," according to its Twitter bio.