By Travis Clark
This Election Day, HeadCount.org and more than 300 entertainers will work together in a massive campaign to get fans to vote. Using the hashtag #GoVote, the campaign aims to get more people out for the midterm elections on November 4.
The non-partisan voting organization recognizes the likelihood of “drop-off” voting, where people ignore the midterm elections in favor of only voting in presidential ones. But with this new campaign, the hopes of getting more voters out this year are high.
Renowned musicians including Jack Johnson, “Weird Al” Yankovich, Jason Mraz, Neko Case, The Head and the Heart, Rise Against, Primus’ Les Claypool, Michael Franti, Andrew Bird, The Antlers, Drive-By-Truckers, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes are taking part in the motivating campaign, along with other entertainers including Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman and more.
This illustrious group is tweeting and Instagraming photos of themselves holding artwork that says “#GoVote.” The average number of Twitter followers for each artist is one million, meaning the campaign will reach millions of fans and potential voters.
HeadCount curated art from many of the best rock poster artists for the entertainers to pose with. Much of this artwork can be found here.
HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote democracy. They come out to concerts to rally young voters with voter registration drives, and hold special events to promote voting and getting your voice heard. Their goal: to make voting fun through the power of music.
“The incumbent Congress is the least popular in history, so we can’t leave it to the candidates alone to inspire people,” says Marc Brownstein, HeadCount’s co-founder and bass player in The Disco Biscuits. “We’re trying to get the message across that being dissatisfied is a bad reason not to vote – it’s the exact reason why participation is so important.”
To find more information on the campaign and the election, click here.