Politics and Elections

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…

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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…

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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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Beyond The White House: 2017 Races To Watch

Although 2017 can be considered an “off year” in terms of federal elections, there are several that are garnering fairly significant national attention. A couple of gubernatorial races in powerful states (Virginia + New Jersey) could re-shape the political landscape, a handful of special elections left to fill Congressional seats vacated by President Trump’s cabinet appointments…

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Rob Quist, Jon Fishman Continue Tradition of Musician Politicians

There’s this stereotype that a law degree is a bit of a pre-requisite for serving in public office. But that certainly isn’t a requirement. Rand Paul was an optometrist before running for office. Rush Holt Jr. was a rocket scientist. Our current president even was a reality TV personality before his decision to serve the…

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Making an Impact with AFROPUNK

Recently I had the incredible opportunity to put on what might have been the coolest event I’ve ever helped put on with HeadCount: a STAY WOKE letter-writing party with our friends from AFROPUNK. I woke up early on Sunday, May 7th, packed a car full of HeadCount supplies (I had to forgo a sausage egg…

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…

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Facebook’s Town Hall Feature Just Revolutioned Digital Activism

Earlier this week Facebook launched something called Town Hall that makes it easy for you to find and contact those who represent you at every level. Town Hall is awesome. Here is a rundown of what it puts at your easy disposal. FIND YOUR REPS This is pretty straightforward, all you do is plug in…

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