Politics Celebrities Voting for the First Time in the U.S. Election These stars are casting their ballots for the first time and encouraging fans to do the same By Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho was the Features Editor of PEOPLE Digital from 2019 to 2022. She worked at the brand for nearly four years covering news, features, human interest, evergreen, holiday gift guides and more. She launched the How I Parent and What It's Really Like to Be …. digital series and has interviewed several celebrities and influential leaders within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Diane worked at Bustle, VH1 and Complex. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and her master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on November 3, 2020 08:36 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 18 John Oliver Robin Marchant/Getty The Last Week Tonight host explained why he "nearly burst into tears" after voting for the first time with Late Show host Stephen Colbert. "It was amazing ... as an immigrant who got his U.S. citizenship in December of last year, I was waiting for that to feel real," Oliver began, during the Nov. 3 episode of The Late Show. "You worry about your immigration status all the time. And even getting your passport doesn't feel real because you haven't tested it against a system." He then went on to share the exact moment he felt overcome with emotion during his voting experience. "Standing in line (to vote) ... I didn't feel it. Giving my name and getting the ballot, I didn't feel it. Scanning it into the machine and the machine saying, 'Your vote has been counted,' — I nearly burst into tears," he told Colbert. "That is the truth. My eyes got misty, and I thought, I don't know if I can cry in a voting station." 02 of 18 Asante Blackk Leon Bennett/WireImage The When They See Us star, 19, spoke to PEOPLE ahead of Election Day, revealing that he had already cast his ballot in what he describes as one of the "most important elections in a lot of people's lifetimes." "I feel like Gen Z, my generation, is a very capable generation, you know? We see a lot more than people realize and we are working to change a lot more than people realize," he added. "It's very important to us." "The country is the most divided [it has been in a] really long time," Blackk said. "We haven't seen this at all, where people are so divided on these issues." Still, he stressed the importance of using one's voice. "A lot of times we feel like we don't have the power to change anything in this country, but that feeling is what really stops us from having the power," he said. "They want us to feel that we are powerless so that we don't use the power we have." 03 of 18 Noah Centineo Noah Centineo//instagram Centineo, 24, posted a selfie to Instagram on Election Day with the caption "First timer over here." 04 of 18 Yolanda Hadid The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who is from the Netherlands, became a U.S. citizen "just recently" — and cast her first ballot. Captioning a series of photos of the pair, daughter Bella wrote, "Took my mama to vote for the first time today!!! She became an American citizen just recently and this year she was so determined to get out and vote. I am so proud of her!!! Wearing our best Blues!!!!!💙💙💙💙💙" 05 of 18 Kaia Gerber The 19-year-old is joining the first-timers club! The model headed to the polls and voted for the first time, telling her followers that "it felt really good." Gerber wrote on Instagram that she is "so proud to be part of the election, because it's become so clear how much power young people have to push this country towards progress — as long as we participate." She added, "I don't want to grow up in a country that is going backwards. the past four years have shown us how much damage can be done when our leadership prioritizes property over people, tolerates racism, and ignores science. if you're not sure if you want to vote, i ask you to consider who and what will be most affected if you don't. please vote even if it sounds like a headache. do it with empathy, do it with love, and do it with reason because it matters 🇺🇸❤️" 06 of 18 Lola Consuelos Kelly Ripa/Instagram Consuelos voted in her first election, and her mom Kelly Ripa documented the occasion! The proud mom mom posted photos of her family voting early, starting with one of daughter Lola holding an umbrella and donning an "I Voted Early" sticker. "Couple of chips off the ol' block 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #iamavoter (Lola's first election!) Michael and i voted a couple of days ago, but had to grab a pic of @theyoungestyung ♥️🤍💙 #vote2020," Ripa captioned the Instagram post. 07 of 18 Kiernan Shipka Kiernan Shipka/Instagram For the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star, 20, voting in a presidential election for the first time was pure magic. 08 of 18 Selena Gomez Selena Gomez/Instagram The 28-year-old singer said during a conversation with Voting Power Hour that the 2020 election will mark the first election she's voting in. "Honestly, I'm not ashamed to say this, but I kind of—this was my first time. And I'm going to say that because I never felt—and this is so true—and I'm now like admitting it to people, like my vote counts," Gomez said. "Like, every little thing counts, so I just think some people get in their head, like, Oh well, what does it matter? And then once I really, really started going in and diving in to this, it's been all I can focus on." Gomez was so proud of her civic duty, she shared a photo of herself smiling big and wearing an 'I Voted' sticker with the caption, "Just finished filling out my ballot!" 09 of 18 Ryan Reynolds The Canadian native, who obtained dual citizenship in 2018, posted about his first time voting, and thanked his wife Blake Lively for the moral support. "This is my first time voting in America," he wrote. "I'd like to thank my wife Blake for making my first time so gentle and loving. It was super scary at first, then exciting and now I'm a little tired. But proud." He ended his noted with the hashtag, #VoteEarly. Lively also shared her husband's milestone moment on her Instagram, writing, "It was Ryan's first time. He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friends." 10 of 18 Snoop Dogg Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic The rapper announced that he would be voting for the first time ever on the Real 92.3 radio show, Big Boy's Neighborhood. Snoop said he was under the impression that he wasn't allowed to vote after being convicted of felonies in 1990 and 2007. "For many years they had me brainwashed thinking that you couldn't vote because you had a criminal record," the star said. "I didn't know that. My record's been expunged so now I can vote." Snoop has also partnered with the Democratic National Committee to launch a new ad, "Drop It In The Box!" Featuring his hit song "Drop It Like It's Hot," the ad highlights how voters can drop their ballot in a convenient drop box location. "This is the most important election of our lifetimes and it's my first time voting. We need every single American to get out there and vote," he said. "It's time for y'al to drop those ballots like they're hot — in your local drop box. Vote early and let 'em know our voices will be heard!" The spot directs voters to IWillVote.com to learn about drop box locations in their state and any other information they may need to make their plan to vote. 11 of 18 Kelsea Ballerini The country star got candid on her Instagram, admitting that this year would be her first time voting. "...embarrassingly but honestly, this is my first time voting. Im not proud of it, but my naivety has kept me sheltered through a lot of my young adult life," she wrote. "BUT. As I've listened and learned, I've realized its our responsibility and privilege to use our voices to establish what we as human beings with beating hearts want to see in this country for not only ourselves...but our friends, neighbors, strangers, and future generations." "Left the polls feeling really empowered by exercising my right and showing up for what I believe in and the change I want to see," she added. "I encourage everyone to do the same. 🗳" 12 of 18 Gregg Sulkin "First time voting as an American citizen...and what an important election to have a voice," the British actor wrote on Instagram. "Make yours count. Go vote 🇺🇸" 13 of 18 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal. Rich Fury/Getty During an episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq, the basketball Hall of Famer revealed that he finally cast a ballot for the 2020 presidential election. "I voted for the first time, and it feels good," O'Neal said, noting that he recently submitted his absentee ballot. "You know I always like being honest on my podcast. I've never voted before, America," he added. "But, now I'm doing all these voting campaigns, and you know one thing I never like to do is be a hypocrite." 14 of 18 Cobie Smulders Cobie Smulders/ Instagram After proudly becoming a U.S. citizen in September, the actress couldn't wait to exercise her new power to vote and shared that she had done so a month later. "Done. Boom. Have you yet?" she asked her followers. "Feels good. 🇺🇸," she wrote before tagging accounts @iamavoter, @joebiden and @kamalaharris. 15 of 18 Mike Tyson Courtesy Fusion TV. The professional boxer shared on Twitter that he will be voting after spending years thinking he was unable to participate. "This election will be my 1st time voting," Tyson tweeted. "I never thought I could because of my felony record." "I'm proud to finally vote," he added. The athlete announced the news alongside a link to register to vote and the hashtag "#NationalVoterRegistrationDay." 16 of 18 Jana Kramer "I hate to admit this but I am anyways....This is the first time I've ever voted🙈," the singer shared on Instagram, and added that it was the first time her husband Mike Caussin has ever voted, too. "I don't know why but I always felt like my vote didn't matter. But this year I just felt differently and I know more than ever it does matter," she wrote. "Are you going to vote? And not gonna lie I always wanted to feel Instagram cool with the I voted sticker and they 'ran out' so @vistaprint mask for the win but let's be honest voting is more important than the sticker 😂," she added. 17 of 18 Tyler the Creator FilmMagic. In a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account, the artist implores young people to "go to them polls and cast a f---ing vote." After admitting that this would be his first time voting after being apathetic for a long time, he told fans "I see the light" and emphasized that his vote (and theirs) matters. 18 of 18 Tan France Tan France/ Instagram The Queer Eye host got his citizenship in June, and had his eye on the prize the whole time: "And now, I will exercise my constitutional right as an American. Today, I will register to vote, and vote for the change I wish to see in OUR nation," he wrote the day he became a citizen. Recently he addressed critics on his Instagram who felt he was being too political. "When I talk about voting, I talk about it for this reason: It's because I feel so much hope for our country," he said. "I have a vision for our country that brings me so much joy and so much hope ... I love America so much and know it can be so much better than it is"