Susan Sarandon: Vote So ‘Old Folks’ Don’t Decide Your Fate

'You've gotta get out there and have a voice,' actress tells MTV News as part of our Power of 12 countdown to Election Day on November 6.

In just 14 days, the polling place will be the hottest spot in town, as the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be decided.

MTV News has been all over the campaign trail, keeping you up to date on all things Election 2012, from the presidential debates in Denver and New York to the vice-presidential debate. And of course, in between, we’ve been chatting up Hollywood’s heavyweights to get their take on the election and advice for voters like you.

Among them have been the casts of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The League,” 2 Live Crew’s Uncle Luke and Tom Hanks, who warned he would “spank you right on the butt” if you don’t vote. And if that wasn’t enough to inspire you, perhaps these words from Hanks’ “Cloud Atlas” co-star Susan Sarandon will do the trick.

“Be a patriot. Participate in your government. Don’t let the old folks decide your fate,” she told MTV News recently. “You’ve gotta get out there and have a voice. However you feel about the last four years, there’s four new ones coming up and people are going to make decisions that affect your life.”

And if you’re still wondering about the candidates’ views regarding these tough decisions, we’ll be hitting the ground in Boca Raton, Florida, on Monday (October 22) for the final presidential debate, which will center on foreign policy.

Check back for up-to-the-minute coverage of the debates and stick with PowerOf12.org throughout the 2012 presidential election season.