James White didn’t vote in the first election he could after he turned 18; it wasn’t until the following primary in 2016 when he first took advantage of his civic duty. Even then, White admits he was unaware of many of the names on the ballot and their accompanying platforms and stances on key issues.
Today, the New England Patriots running back is encouraging the youth of America not to repeat his missteps by educating themselves and one another on the politicians and policies as well as get out and make their voices heard in the 2020 election.
“I think it’s extremely important, especially with everything going on right now with the current climate—with the pandemic and social justice,” said White, 28. “Voting is a way to give everybody a voice, just by going to the polls and picking the right people you want in office.”