Willow Smith’s First Time Voting Was “Hands Down the Most Stressful Day”

Shannon Barbour
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Willow Smith’s First Time Voting Was “Hands Down the Most Stressful Day”
Willow Smith’s First Time Voting Was “Hands Down the Most Stressful Day”

From Cosmopolitan

  • Willow Smith recalled her first time voting in an election, and it sounded like a nightmare.

  • She said it was so stressful because she didn’t know who was on the ballot.

  • Before the November election, make sure you research who will be on the ballot and what they stand for!

Voting for the first time should be an exciting moment for everyone, but a lot of times, it’s unbelievably stressful because the ballots can be hella confusing. Even celebrities like Willow Smith can relate.

During a new episode of Red Table Talk, Willow explained everything that was running through her mind the first time she voted after turning 18 in October 2018. She recalled, “The first time I voted was hands down the most stressful day. I literally almost was in tears because I didn’t understand so much here. Who are these people? What is their main focus? I was lost.” Whew, I felt that. It’s hard enough already to figure out how exactly to mark the ballot to make sure your vote counts, let alone know everyone’s name and platform on it!

Photo credit: Jerritt Clark - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jerritt Clark - Getty Images

Willow went on to add that she thinks America needs a “thorough education on how to vote, who is going to be on the ballot, exactly what they stand for because it’s very, very confusing.”

If you’re gearing up to vote in this upcoming election, make sure you know where you stand on the issues that will be on your ballot before you sit down to fill it out at home or head to the polling location. Voting is basically like a test, so be sure to study up on all the candidates first with sites like Ballotpedia. But unlike most school tests, some states let you bring a flash-card cheat sheet with you so you don’t have to memorize everything. Or if you wanna save some trees, type it out in your phone! Just check the rules first!

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