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Altanta, Ga. – Multi-platinum hip-hop recording artist and actor, T.I. went out and exercised his right to vote for the first time. Today, T.I. joined the millions of Americans who are participating in early voting. See the rest of the pictures and watch the video here.

T.I. is the national spokesperson of the RESPECT MY VOTE! non-partisan Get Out The Vote initiative, headed by the Hip Hop Caucus. Both the Hip Hop Caucus and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network have joined forces in a national RESPECT MY VOTE! GOTV Bus Tour of 18 cities leading up to Election Day.

T.I. has been a leading activist in helping young people to register and get out and vote. His dedication to the cause stems from his prior difficulties with the law, which lead to the incorrect assumption that he was ineligible to vote. After doing research on his own he discovered he was, in fact, still eligible to vote, despite his criminal past.

“Feels like I’ve taken advantage of my right to become a part of the democracy,” declared Clifford Harris aka T.I.. “It was definitely worth standing in line and doing all the things people complain about voting. I think it’s more than worth it.”