The 16-year-old star is encouraging young people to think about politics

By Michael Y. Park
August 27, 2008 04:30 PM

It’ll be another two years before she can enter an election booth, but 16-year-old Selena Gomez is already rocking the vote by promoting the UR Votes Count campaign.

“I am not old enough to vote. But I will be sooner or later, and if I keep pushing the subject away and not trying to learn about it now, I’m not going to know what to do when I am eligible to vote,” Gomez said at the recent launch of UR Votes Count in Glendale, Calif.

The Wizards of Waverly Place star says her big political issue is the environment.

“You walk up to kids today and you ask them about global warming and issues like that, and half of them look at you and think, ‘What’s that?'” she says. “That’s sad because, you know, they don’t know what’s going on and what’s going to happen if we don’t start working on this issue now.”

As for a future in politics, Gomez isn’t ruling anything out.

“Being the first lady would be fun,” she says. “I would try to make fashion involved with the first lady. I would make it fun.”