Jonasgamble I wasn't a Gate.io user before and I received the same message. You need to have GT tokens to be able to vote, and it takes a 14-day holding average of your token balance, and that's how many votes you can get.
One of our devs bought some GT to see if it would let him participate, but it still tells him the same message. We think that Gate.io probably run the calculation only once a day per user, and if that's the case then new users can't vote. However, if they run the check more than once a day then theoretically if you have 14 GT tokens, wouldn't your 14-day average balance be 1 GT ?
Every exchange does things differently, but as you can see we already have 45 million votes from 1.5k users on Gate.io: https://www.gate.io/poll/votelist/48
I also like that you can already see a countdown on the trading screen itself: https://www.gate.io/trade/mph_usdt
I am excited to see what happens in 17 hours 😃