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Election Day 2017 Was Big for HeadCount + Voter Turnout

Yesterday was a big day for HeadCount and America. Voter turnout was its highest in years for the Virginia governor’s election, with increases among BOTH Republican and Democratic voters. Nearly half of all eligible voters (47%) turned out, which is unusual for a so-called “off-year” election. HeadCount’s #VoteLocal campaignreached a climax with more than 85…

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#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…

Can You Do The Con-Con? Explaining New York’s Constitutional Convention Vote

On November 7th, New Yorkers will vote on whether a state Constitutional Convention will happen in 2019. This Constitutional Convention vote lands on the ballot every 20 years, theoretically giving each generation an almost Jeffersonian opportunity to re-write the state’s laws. The last two times that the con-con appeared on the NY ballot, in 1997…

Posted in Politics and Elections

Virginia’s Governor’s Race: Taking Temperature of America in a Swing State

Virginia’s gubernatorial election will take place on November 7th. Running in the race is Democrat Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra. According to the majority of recent polls, Democratic nominee Northam appears to be leading Gillespie and Hyra. Hyra, however, is far behind, averaging about 2.5% in these polls. While the polling…

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New Jersey’s Governor’s Race: A Referendum on Chris Christie

In New Jersey, Democratic candidate Phil Murphy and Republican candidate Kim Guadagno face off in the race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey’s governor. The general election will take place on November 7th. The polls show that Democrat Phil Murphy is far ahead, leading Guadagno by 10-15 points, far outside the margin of error….

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Berklee Musical Town Hall

HeadCount’s first-ever Musical Town Hall took place at the Berklee College of Music on October 20th, a gathering to show off new talent while encouraging democratic participation. Organized entirely by students at the Jackson Browne Stage in “the Caf,”, the event featured three student performers with a fantastic house band, and talks by student government representatives…

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The Heartbreaking Reality of Route 91 Harvest Festival’s Photo Album

The HeadCount blog is a forum for our community where we welcome all opinions and perspectives. 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.  My favorite thing to do after going to a concert of festival is to…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Pod Tours America with HeadCount

You’ve probably seen HeadCount register voters at concerts and music festivals. And you may have seen us in action at record stores, Ben & Jerry’s locations and rock climbing gyms (as we did across the country on National Voter Registration Day). For this autumn we were presented with a new opportunity, to set up tables for the live-tapings…

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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 Juggalo March on Washington Brought Me to Tears

The HeadCount blog is a forum for our community where we welcome all opinions and perspectives. Anyone wishing to write for the HeadCount blog may do so by emailing [email protected]  The National Mall might be my favorite place in the world. As a fan of American History, it’s always felt like an adult playground to me….

Posted in Music and Activism