Image via Instagram

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Earlier this week, subscribers of the White House’s official mailing list received a special email about voting, from none other than Janelle Monáe. The singer shared a message, titled “More Important than a Selfie,” explaining the importance of voting, but more importantly leading those in the right direction to begin the voting process.

According to the White House, about 50 million eligible Americans are not registered to vote. In an effort to bring awareness to the issue, and hopefully encourage others to get interested in voting, Janelle Monáe shared why she personally chooses to vote:

There was once a time when young African-American women like myself did not get the opportunity to vote. They simply could not.

I think about that every time I go to the polls to exercise that fundamental right — not just to honor those who fought so I could have it, but because, simply put, I know that this is an essential part of our democracy.

Whether we want to change our communities, or have a say in the public issues we care about the most — the power we have to make that happen is the power we have at the polls.

That’s why I exercise my right to vote.

Are you with me?

You can register to vote right here.