It’s never too late to get involved in democracy and vote!
We all know Shaquille O’Neal: Legendary basketball player, now a respected sports analyst, and the man responsible for the best GIF ever to exist.
But Shaq just added another one to his long list of titles: Voter!
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Look at that new voter smile!
That’s right, Shaq is a proud voter in the 2020 election! On the most recent episode of his podcast, , he revealed that he had sent in his absentee ballot and voted for the first time.
“I voted for the first time, and it feels good,” he said, before saying that his involvement in voting campaigns inspired him to fill out his own ballot.
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“You know I always like being honest on my podcast. I’ve never voted before, America. But, now I’m doing all these voting campaigns, and you know one thing I never like to do is be a hypocrite.”
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As for why he’s never voted before, Shaq said that it was partially due to not understanding the electoral college system, bringing up the 2016 election as a point of confusion.
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In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2,868,519 votes, but lost the electoral college, with 232 votes compared to Donald Trump’s 306.
Shaq admitted that he knew there was “no excuse” for not voting in previous elections and that he might be criticized for not doing so, and even his co-host John Kincade warned him saying, “You’re going to get buried for this.”
TBH, it’s never too late to dip your toe into democracy, and any election is a great opportunity to get involved for the first time.
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