Author: Tappan Vickery

Alabama closes out elections in 2017: Are you ready?

It’s been a while since I called Alabama home, but it’s always on my mind. HeadCount was not active in the state for some time, but over the past two years through amazing volunteers in Huntsville and Birmingham, and through the Hangout Music Festival, we have made a lot of headway in educating and engaging voters…

Posted in Politics and Elections

#StayWoke by being a LOCAL VOTER on Tuesday

Every couple of years I write a blog for HeadCount or for local blogs in Raleigh about the importance of voting in local elections. I recount the numerous important jobs local elected officials at the municipal or county level have, and how directly their work impacts our lives. You know what hasn’t happened? More people…

Another Incredible National Voter Registration Day!

National Voter Registration Day is a long standing tradition for HeadCount.  We have coordinated field and online efforts since 2012 with tremendous support from our community of volunteers, artists, and sponsors in major election years.   2017 however presented a new challenge for HeadCount. This is the first non-federal election year that we have launched…

Posted in Music and Activism

The Power of Your Vote: North Carolina’s Rejected Voting Laws

The HeadCount blog is an open forum where all opinions are welcome. Anyone wishing to write for the HeadCount blog may do so by emailing [email protected] This commentary reflects only the views of the author and not of the HeadCount organization.  Sometimes your vote really counts. Yesterday I got to see that in action in my home state…

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform

Stay Woke with HeadCount

2017 marks a year of record civic engagement. More people than ever before are paying attention to politics; millions have already started marching, rallying, and contacting their elected officials. In the midst of all this energy there have been a lot of questions about whether “activism fatigue” will eventually set in or whether we can capture this energy…

Posted in Politics and Elections, HeadCount Community

Through HeadCount, I Find Myself: A 13 Year Volunteer Journey

In early 2004 my boyfriend, Morgan, received an email from one of his favorite bands announcing that a new, music-oriented voter registration organization called HeadCount was looking for volunteers.  He signed us both up immediately, and when I got home from work he was practically bouncing up and down with excitement.  I was a few…

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Ranked Choice Voting Receives Bipartisan Support in Many States

In a time when many feel their access to a true democracy is blocked by gerrymandering, the electoral college, voter fraud, or voter suppression, bipartisan support is brewing around the country for a different approach to elections: Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). How it works: When completing the ballot the voter ranks all candidates in order of preference.  Ballots are…

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform

Rocking the Homestretch at The Ritz in Raleigh

In 12 years of working with HeadCount, I’ve gotten used to seeing great things happen based on relationships. Usually you hear about the great successes and opportunities from relationships with our national partners, amazing board members, artists, and leaders in the music world. But for me the true magic happens on the grassroots level. As…

Posted in Blog

Ben & Jerry’s Empower Mint: Democracy is in your Hands!

I have a love affair with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  I vividly remember the first time I enjoyed a cone.  It was about 9 pm on December 31, 1999.  I was sitting in a field in the Everglades, edging closer and closer to the stage for hours while I waited for Phish to ring…

Posted in Politics and Elections, Music and Activism, Sponsors

Fair voting district victory today! But what about tomorrow?

Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) unanimously rejected a challenge to the longstanding voting district principal “one person, one vote” by ruling that states may use total population (as opposed to voting population) for drawing local and state legislative districts. This ruling comes from a critical case, Evenwel v Abbott, in which the Texas plaintiffs…

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform, Voting Rights