Actress Scarlett Johansson took to the stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention to appeal to the young voters of America.
“I grew up in New York City. I grew up with four siblings. My father barely made enough to get by. We moved every year and we finally settled in a housing development for lower income families. We went to public schools and depended on programs for school transport and lunches, as did most of my friends. My girlfriends from high school, to this day, still depend on Planned Parenthood and Medicaid for important health care services,” says Johansson.
“In 2008, less than half of all eligible voters between the ages of 18-24 voted. Less than half. Young America, why are we only speaking with half our voice when so many issues at stake here directly affect us?” Johansson asks.
“You know who I’m voting for. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. I’m here to ask you to commit to vote. It’s never been easier than now … earlier this week, Chelsea Clinton reminded us that we are the generation that feels our voices have not been heard. So vote, so that your voice is heard,” she finishes.