Blige is urging Americans to "make a plan to vote" early or in-person

By Sean Neumann
October 15, 2020 10:28 AM
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Mary J. Blige feels frustrated with politics, too, but she says "there's something we can do about it": Vote — either in-person on Nov. 3 or ahead of time by mail.

The nine-time Grammy Award winner appears in a new get out the vote ad that begins airing across the country this week in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

"We're living in challenging and uncertain times in America, and it seems like things are getting worse every time we turn on the news," says Blige, 49, empathizing with a grueling 2020 news cycle ahead of the November election.

Blige is urging Americans to "make a plan to vote" early or in-person.

"It builds on why we've been voicing our anger and our frustration," she says, adding that voting is the "only way to make sure we get the change we're looking for: better jobs, education, healthcare and criminal justice reform."

Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump

"This year, our votes can and must be our voice," Blige adds.

The new ad, which the Biden campaign says is part of a large effort in key battleground states to educate and energize Black voters, will air nationally on television, radio and digital outlets. A North Carolina ad will coincide with early voting in that battleground state, which began Thursday.

Blige encourages Americans to make a plan to vote and to visit IWillVote.com, a helpful resource where Americans can find local voting information.

"We can vote," she says. "We can vote for our future and our children's future."

In the weeks and months leading up to the November election, numerous stars have thrown their support behind get-out-the-vote efforts, including Michael B. Jordan, Ariana Grande and more.