Yesterday, HeadCount unveiled a schedule of over 300 concert events in 80+ cities that will host voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives before Election Day on November 8th.
HeadCount volunteers will be providing non-partisan information and voter registration opportunities at concerts by Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Bad Religion, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt, Chvrches, Flume, Gov’t Mule, Grace Potter, GRiZ, Jason Isbell, The Kills, Leon Bridges, Local Natives, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Wilco, YG and dozens more. Also on the schedule this fall are festivals including Farm Aid, Global Citizen Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Roots Picnic, and others. For a complete list of HeadCount’s fall voter registration events, visit www.headcount.org.
This year approximately 15.5 million Americans age 21 or under are eligible to vote in their first presidential election. And for the first time ever, more Millennials (age 18 to 34) will be eligible to vote than Baby Boomers (age 51 to 69). Still, in a review of the 2012 Presidential election, the US Census Bureau reported that 12.7 million of 18-24 year olds were not registered to vote, and only 46% of those eligible cast ballots.
Since HeadCount’s inception in 2004, the organization has worked with musicians and the music industry to increase youth participation in democracy. With over 15,000 volunteers nationwide organizing activity at over 1,000 concerts, festivals and community events each election year, HeadCount has helped register nearly 400,000 new voters. Visit www.HeadCount.org for information on volunteer opportunities, comprehensive information about voting, an online voter registration form and more.
Look for additional HeadCount announcements surrounding National Voter Registration Day (Sept 27), the start of early voting, and of course, Election Day.
HeadCount unleashes the power of musicians and fans to make a difference. Founded by a group of musicians in 2004, including Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits, the non-partisan organization has registered over 360,000 voters, and have helped motivate millions of millennials to be informed, vocal citizens. HeadCount uses the power of musicians, the passion of fans and the hard work of volunteers to promote participation in democracy. For more information, please visit HeadCount.org.