Why These Celebrities Don’t Vote in Elections

Kanye West and Donald Trump

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Every year on Election Day many celebrities declare that they voted and ask their fans to do the same but unfortunately, not all stars make their voice heard and try to rally others. Instead, there are some who actually do not cast a vote at the polls.

Here’s a list of a few celebs who admitted that they do not vote and why they choose not to exercise their right.

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

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You would think that Colin Kaepernick would be one of the first in line to vote in elections considering that he said he wanted to see some serious change in this country. One way to try and make a difference is by voting but Kaepernick did not do that during the tight race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016. So why didn’t the former NFL quarterback make it to the polls? He gave his reasons to Yahoo! Sports.

“I think it would hypocritical for me to vote. I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression,” Kaepernick explained. “I’m not going to show support for that system. To me, the oppressor isn’t going to let you vote your way out of your oppression.”

Kanye West

Kanye West

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Even though he donned a “Make America Great Again” hat on a few occasions and publicly supported President Donald Trump, Kanye West doesn’t vote in elections just because he doesn’t feel like it.

After the 2016 presidential election concluded, the rapper told a crowd at his concert in California, “If I would’ve voted, I’d have voted for Trump.” Not too many audience members were happy when he revealed his preference and showered him with boos. Perhaps some of that disappoint was directed at him because he chose not to go to the polls at all.

The Bushes

George W. Bush

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If someone who ran to become president and someone who actually sat in the oval office for eight years not voting seems unheard of know that it has happened.

Again back in 2016, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was one the many Republicans who went up against Trump hoping to get their party’s nomination. When that did happen, Bush joined forces with some other politicians who opposed the New York businessman and when it came to election time said that he couldn’t support either candidate.

“I can’t vote for Hillary and I can’t vote for Donald, and it breaks my heart,” he explained, adding. “The bar’s not that high for me.”

His brother, the 43rd President of the United States, and sister-in-law must have felt the same way because a spokesperson for Laura and George Bush revealed that the couple left their ballots blank as well.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar holds a microphone on stage

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Finally, Kendrick Lamar doesn’t go to the polls on Election Day. The hip-hop artist said that’s because he doesn’t believe his vote or anyone else’s counts.

“I don’t do no voting. I will keep it straight up real with you,” Lamar told TurthIsScary.com. “I don’t believe in none of the sh** that’s going on in the world … basically, do what you do, do good with your people and live your life because what’s going on isn’t really in our hands. When I say the president can’t even control the world, then you definitely know there’s something else out there pushing the buttons. They could do whatever they want to do, we all puppets. Just play your cards right.”

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