Beverly Hills, CALIFORNIA — They are members of one of the biggest rock bands in the world, their faces plastered on JumboTrons, TVs and, these days, more than a few tabloid covers. Given their fame and fortune, you might think Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump were more important than you and I.
Not on Election Day.
"There is no VIP line when you're voting," Wentz laughed, the early-morning fog still visible at his local polling station in Beverly Hills, California, where the rocker woke up at the crack of daylight to cast his ballot. "It's 8:30 a.m. [People aren't getting out of the way,] like, 'Oh, sorry! It was you!' "
And, really, that's all the better, insisted Stump from across town at a Los Angeles polling station, where he was facing considerably longer lines than his bandmate.
"I'm nobody," Stump joked from the back end of a line that would take upwards of an hour to navigate.
Well, that's not exactly true. Stump is somebody: a voter, of course. He's also 24, which makes him part of this election's most important demographic, the much-discussed "youth vote."
"It feels cool to be a part of this right now," Wentz, 29, said of his membership in the youth contingent, which is projected to reach its highest turnout rate since 1972. "I think that it's cool for people who feel disenfranchised. Honestly, when you become a block, it forces people that you're electing to pay attention to you. I think that actually happened this year. Hopefully, everybody who said they were coming out [did].
"I think getting up and putting your money where your mouth is is really important to do," he continued. "It's not only your responsibility, but a privilege as an American."
A privilege that comes with many rewards, Wentz said. Having a say in ballot decisions? Affecting the country's future? Nah, Wentz joked, "Starbucks!"
But it's going to get even better for the rocker. "I'm hanging out with Diddy tonight," Wentz said. "I don't know what Diddy gives out when he sees the 'I Voted' sticker, [but you know it's] something crazy!"
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