Chloë Grace Moretz visits GVSU to promote voter registration

GVL / Courtesy - Nicole Buchmann
Chloë Grace Moretz

Nicole Buchmann

GVL / Courtesy – Nicole Buchmann Chloë Grace Moretz

Meghan McBrady

In an effort to encourage students to vote in the upcoming election, Chloë Grace Moretz, an actress and supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, visited Grand Valley State University and other Michigan colleges Friday, Sept. 30.

Previously speaking at the Democratic National Convention in July about her support for Clinton, Moretz spoke to students at GVSU in partnership with the Michigan Coordinated Campaign.

The 19-year-old actress spoke about why she is supporting Clinton in the upcoming election and spoke at length about why she is actively being part of the presidential nominee’s voter registration drive.

“I think the reason my voice in particular has been pretty big is the fact that I am 19 and this is my first vote. A lot of the kids in the room tonight were 18, 19, 20 and 21 years-old,” Moretz said. “I think it’s nice to hear each other voice our reason why we are politically active and why we are supporting Hillary Clinton.”

Emphasizing how she has been given a platform to speak her mind and being a progressive and positive member of society, the actress and activist stressed why it is important for young voters to be part of the conversation.

“In this election more than ever before, we truly do have a lot to lose,” she said. “Truly, if Trump wins, you’re entering a country of bigotry, racism, sexism and Islamophobia. For women in general, you are going back 60 years, if not more, and you are talking about a militant ruler, not a presidential candidate.”

Abby Rzepka, a junior and a multimedia journalism student at GVSU, said hearing Moretz speak was significant, particular due to the actress’s celebrity status.

“I wasn’t going to vote, but she is kind of the reason that I am voting the way I am because I respect her so much as a celebrity,” she said. “I’m going to do as she said and I’m going to research more on the election because I trust her opinion and I know who she is.”

Being in a position to be a progressive force within the last few weeks before the general election, Moretz ultimately wants to remain real, now and current when talking about political action and being a force of positivity in society.

“There’s a multitude of reasons why I could support her (Clinton), but it’s also great to think that my 4-year-old cousin can look at the highest point in office and she can say that ‘I can be the president one day,’” Moretz said. “Above all, that is something that we need to accomplish. It is a box that needs to be checked.”