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​A 13-Year-Old's List Of 'Important' Things Sure Has Me Surprised

Note: This #UpChat has concluded, but don't worry! You can check out our recap of the discussion below and here.When I first heard of Madison Kimrey, she was 12 and explaining how voter registration works to an elected official. Now, she's a year older, is still incredible, and has an important message for you (yes, you!) about voting. Since, you know, it's kind of important.If you're as thrilled about this as she is, you should skip below the video (after, you know, watching it) and learn about a super-cool event happening on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. ET. Spoiler alert: It's a Twitter chat. Double spoiler alert: It's gonna be amazing. But anyway, take it away, Madison!

​A 13-Year-Old's List Of 'Important' Things Sure Has Me Surprised

...How cool was that? And now you better brace yourself because I'm about to talk about something just as cool, if not cooler.

That's right! Upworthy is partnering with our friends at AFL-CIO to hold an #UpChat all about the economy and the upcoming election! Cue the confetti, y'all, because this is gonna be a party. So make sure to mark your calendar for Monday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. ET. We'll be talking on Twitter, where we'll be hashing out the details (with hashtags!) and having an enlightening chat about politics, voting, and labor.


Have questions about what the heck an #UpChat is and/or how that works and/or how to pronounce "#"? No worries. Read on for more information!

So, um ... what exactly is an #UpChat? What's the deal here?

An #UpChat is just a casual chat on Twitter where we discuss an important topic. This particular #UpChat is brought to you by the extra-amazing AFL-CIO and will be all about the elections on Nov. 4 and the economy. We'll be joined by a bunch of great partners, too! Basically, it's going to be really fun and really educational. And what's better than that? (Answer: nothing. #UpChats are the best.)

OK, can you tell me what I can do now?

I love your enthusiasm! The biggest, most crucial part of all this is to have people like YOU — yes, I am talking about YOU — join in and make your voice heard! Here are the three steps to get this educational party started:

1. Follow @Upworthy on Twitter.

2. Check out the #UpChat hashtag on Monday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. ET — and join in the conversation!

3. Check out all the awesome folks joining us on this handy-dandy list we've compiled for you.

4. Share this post! If you're going, then share so other folks know you're coming! Can't go? That's cool too! Share this post so maybe your friends will stop by instead! The more, the merrier!

BUT I JUST CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THEN. I NEED TO DO SOMETHING NOWWWW.

Ugh, I know! Trust me, I'm sitting here too, wondering if it's possible to make the earth turn faster so we can get to the #UpChat and the elections sooner! (Obviously that is impossible unless you're Superman. But, uh, not to upset anybody reading this or anything, but I'm not Superman. Sorry, folks.)

In the meantime, here are some awesome links to check out while you patiently wait for the #UpChat:

1. Get up to date on voting rights in your state on this kinda incredible interactive map from AFL-CIO!

2. If you don't feel like voting this year, this might be a huge reason why.

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