If you’ve already made a “Pledge to Vote” with HeadCount, you know that you’ll be getting a recorded telephone reminder from a favorite artist. But how about the real thing?
We’re excited to report that some of our favorite musicians will be hitting the phones over the next week to help get the vote out, calling randomly-selected fans and chatting about the upcoming election. Check out this piece from the LA Times about it. (Read the last line, it’s pretty funny).
HeadCount board member Bob Weir said he’s inspired to do this because elections should be about protecting the future for young people.
“Instead of hearing from a politician that says ‘vote for me,’ we think young people would rather hear from us (the musicians) saying ‘vote for you,'” he said on a conference call held with media today.
Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, HeadCount’s founder and co-chair, will personally phone dozens of fans from HeadCount’s Manhattan office the night before the election, Monday Nov. 1st. Meanwhile, video cameras will be rolling and all the calls will be streamed live on the Web here at the HeadCount blog and www.Relix.com starting at 9 PM ET.
“This is what grassroots organizing is all about,” said Brownstein. “Talking to people one-on-one, but doing it in ways that make the conversation spread to many.”
The full list of artists who recorded voter reminder calls include:
Matt Berninger (The National)
Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips)
Adam Gardner (Guster)
Jon Fishman (Phish)
Warren Haynes (The Allman Bros., Gov’t Mule)
Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Furthur)
Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket)
You can still sign up for the calls by visiting www.HeadCount.org/pledge.