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24 Musicians on Why They’re Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections

24 Musicians on Why They’re Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Meek Mill, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Yaeji, ANOHNI, Bun B, Jeff Tweedy, and more share the issues driving them to the polls

There is only one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on right now: the 2018 midterms will be one of the most crucial elections of our lifetime. The candidates and proposals on ballots nationwide have the potential to create major change at local, state, and federal levels of American society. Among other agenda items, individual cities may restructure their campaign finance and community boards rules, and states will debate new affordable housing and energy propositions. With every seat in the House and a third of the Senate up for grabs, some of the races are especially significant: In Texas, the progressive Beto O’Rourke has a shot at unseating the rigidly conservative senator Ted Cruz. In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams could become the first black female governor in American history. Ideologically, the election results will serve as a bellwether of the country’s political direction, mid-Trump. Both sides wait to see if the much-anticipated “blue wave” will flood the polls and place progressive new representation at every level of government.

Pitchfork reached out to politically engaged musicians to discuss why they’re voting in the midterms—be it a candidate, a proposition, an issue, or just a strong civic obligation. In written responses and phone conversations, they offered a wide array of answers ranging from problems that affect their hometowns to national candidates who reflect their values. Above all, they hope you’ll join them in voting on Tuesday.

Meek Mill

It’s crazy to think that Election Day falls on the one-year anniversary of the day I was wrongfully sentenced to two to four years in prison. November 6, 2017 was one of the worst days of my life, which is why I want November 6, 2018 to be a step in the right direction for reforming the criminal justice system.

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