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Power The Polls – Become a Poll Worker

By Tappan Vickery on August 3, 2020

The election will be here before you know it– and the country needs your help to make sure everyone who chooses to vote in person on Election Day can do so safely. There is a shortage of poll workers due to the coronavirus. Most poll workers are over the age of 60 and in the…

Vote Safe 2020 Live

By Tappan Vickery on June 24, 2020

We are thrilled to bring you Vote Safe 2020 Live, a livestream event and virtual rally that aims to educate and inspire voters, activists, and the larger community. We will tackle how our democracy is effected by COVID-19 and the racial justice movement. When: Thursday, June 25th, 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT RSVP: www.votesafe2020.us…

Finding my way back to the garden with John Prine

By Tappan Vickery on April 8, 2020

When I was a senior in high school I had a dear friend tragically die after being hit by a car in Tuscaloosa, AL. My friend, Ed, was a church camp friend from Montgomery, and our group of friends was spread out all over the state of Alabama. Our age, early exposure to spirituality, racing…

Local organizer team expands HeadCount’s impact

By Tappan Vickery on March 11, 2020

Since 2004, HeadCount has mobilized young voters through concerts and festivals nationwide thanks to the great support of artists, partners and sponsors. You see these events on your Instagram feed. Maybe you’ve even volunteered at a show yourself. But you may not have heard about our slower, impactful, deep dive into community events: the block…

Alabama closes out elections in 2017: Are you ready?

By Tappan Vickery on November 21, 2017

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…

#StayWoke by being a LOCAL VOTER on Tuesday

By Tappan Vickery on November 6, 2017

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!

By Tappan Vickery on October 4, 2017

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…

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

By Tappan Vickery on May 16, 2017

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…

Stay Woke with HeadCount

By Tappan Vickery on April 10, 2017

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…

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

By Tappan Vickery on March 27, 2017

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…