Representative AOC’s Way of Encouraging Young Voters

Representative AOC’s Way of Encouraging Young Voters

Gracie Ellis, Staff Writer

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had many less than traditional ways of encouraging younger voters to vote for the upcoming election. AOC has connected to new voters using Instagram live, and recently, Twitch. Twitch is a popular live streaming website mainly used for gaming, and has thousands of creators streaming from the site daily. 

AOC revealed on Twitter that she was going to play the game Among Us, saying “Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote?” Among Us is a game quickly rising in popularity, with up to 10 players in a lobby. Up to 3 players will be given the role of imposter, and have to secretly kill all the other players, called crewmates, before the crewmates can finish a list of tasks. The goal of the crewmates is to figure out who the imposters are, and vote them out in order to win. With the main subject of the game being to vote, it’s easy to see why AOC chose to play this game to encourage voting.

Many popular streamers did join AOC, including Twitch stars Pokimane and DrLupo, as well as Representative Ilhan Omar and her daughter later on. When AOC started the stream, she talked about a website called “I Will Vote,” which is used for new voters to figure out and establish a secure voting plan. During the stream, when she could, AOC mentions subjects such as healthcare. Most of the streamers that played with her decided to not say their political opinions, to keep their presence of neutrality in front of their fans

AOC has definitely figured out a way to encourage young voters, with her stream alone amassing over 400k consecutive viewers at its peak, not to mention the thousands of other fans watching through the other popular streamers she played with. Seeing a politician play a popular game that they are familiar with while still promoting voting in the upcoming election will most likely sway many new voters into voting in November.