Oprah Personally Called Voters in Texas to Figure Out Their Voting Plans

Elena Nicolaou
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Photo credit: Oprah Winfrey
Photo credit: Oprah Winfrey

From Oprah Magazine

  • Oprah spent a day calling eligible voters in Texas to make sure they had plans to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

  • She was phone banking with Beto O'Rourke's volunteer organization, Powered by People.

  • Early voting starts on October 13 in Texas. Do you know your state's voting guidelines?

Picture it: The phone rings. You answer. On the other line, you hear a familiar voice saying, "Hi, it's Oprah Winfrey." Well this week, a few eligible voters in Texas were treated to the surreal experience of speaking to the one-and-only Lady O.

The day before early voting opened in Texas, Oprah cold called voters to make sure they had plans for casting a ballot in the 2020 presidential election. She was volunteering with former governor Beto O'Rourke's organization, Powered by People.

"Since I can’t go knocking on people’s doors this election, I spent today talking with @betoorourke and calling Texas voters to make sure they have a voting plan," Oprah wrote in an Instagram caption, alongside a video of her first call to a voter.

The post captures the (understandable) surprise of the person answering the phone. "I just want to confirm...is this really Oprah?" After all, it's not every day one gets to chat with a living legend.

Oprah's calls with the Texas voters provide a model for the conversation about voting we all should be having with our friends and family. Studies have shown that talking about voting with others can get them to the polls. In fact, according to research by the VoteWithMe App, it's 20 times more effective than asking strangers to vote.

Christian, the first name of a voter Oprah spoke to in Texas, is a prime example of someone motivating his community to get to the polls. "For the first time I feel empowered to galvanize a friend or two. If we can give someone a ride or ensure my friends are voting, this is a time to do it," he said. Oprah called him a "model citizen." By that logic, if you bring a friend to the polls, then you are a "model citizen" in Oprah's book—goals.

Another strategy for encouraging people to vote? With tote bags, necklaces, themed shirts like Oprah's, you can also be a walking billboard for the democratic process. If you're looking to build up your voting merch collection, Oprah is wearing a Michael Kors' "Vote" cotton T-shirt in the video, made in partnership with Black-owned business FKSP.

Throughout the lead-up to the presidential election on Tuesday, November 3, Oprah has been vocal about the importance of voting. "We can pray, we can protest—all good in a democracy of choices," she said in an Instagram post. "But the only way to have a voice in moving yourself and our country forward is to VOTE. Every vote matters because you matter. Vote as if your life depended on it, because TRUST...it does."

Make Oprah proud, and make your voice heard in the polls his election. First step? Create a voting plan.

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