Politics and Elections


Participation Row at LOCKN’ 2016: What a Beautiful Buzz!

The biggest and best LOCKN’ Participation Row is in the books! The LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia featured Phish, Phil Lesh, My Morning Jacket, and HeadCount’s Participation Row social action village. Participation Row was a collection of 17 non-profit organizations doing non-partisan voter education and fun, socially conscious activities. Nearly 2,000 fans stopped by and…


Empowering our Neighbors: Whether they Have a House or Not

To those of you who have filled out a voter registration form the process may seem pretty simple. Check a box that you’re a citizen, you’re over 18, your name, and… your address. For 2% of my hometown of DC’s population, filling in a permanent address is not that simple. This 2% represents the number…

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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…

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Not Just Trump’s Kids: New York’s Voter Suppression

If you follow political news you probably saw a story earlier today about how two of Donald Trump’s adult children didn’t register in time to vote for their dad in the New York primaries. At first it’s kind of funny. It’s easy to mock a candidate (or their family) for these minor mistakes. I’m guilty…

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, right, has a selfie taken with an audience member after speaking at a campaign stop at Dartmouth College, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Hanover, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Youth Vote Beyond Bernie

I am not particularly good at watching television shows. I loved watching shows like Breaking Bad, and Entourage and even 24, but I never started those series from the beginning. Once the shows got super popular I jumped on the bandwagon and was entirely reliant on my friends to explain to me what was going…

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stands up after speaking at the CNN Town Hall at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, January 25, 2016, ahead of the Iowa Caucus.   / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Isn’t Bernie Sanders on the D.C. Ballot?

So far, the 2016 election cycle has been awash with the type of drama more reminiscent of a middle school student government campaign than a national presidential election.  Candidates have vacillated between name calling, accusations of corruption, and the silent treatment, all the while claiming that the other person started it.  So, in the midst…

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Are Candidate Spouses Off Limits?

In the last week we’ve seen Bernie Sanders win 5 of 6 states, Trump with his worst single state performance of the campaign, and some long lines to vote in Arizona. Those victories helped Sanders shave 38 delegates off of Hillary Clinton’s lead and the Vermont Senator currently trails Clinton by 268 pledged delegates. Trump…

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Arizona’s Polling Places Could Use Spring Training

This Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning) in Arizona, Aracely Calderon did not get to cast her ballot until 12:12 am. At first that sounds cool, like the Grand Canyon state instituted a voting version of midnight disco bowling. But that wasn’t the case. Ms. Calderon got in line before the polls closed at 7pm and had…

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Maybe it Takes Chaos for People to Care

This presidential election is crazy. American politics is supposed to be a civil and moderate affair. Name calling, socialists, nationalists, street fights and silencing of opponents was stuff that happened in Europe, but not on this side of the Atlantic. I don’t know if we are ever going to get our old system back. Yes,…

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Marc Brownstein’s First Time

Are you ready to laugh? Watch this video featuring Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits, Electron, Conspirator) and Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic) offering a tongue-in-cheek description of their first time voting that kind of sounds like their first time partaking in another activity… The video is a piece we helped produce with our friends at Mashable to…