Politics and Elections

Vote From Home During COVID-19: A Resource

By HeadCount on April 13, 2020

COVID-19 is changing everything across the world. While we drastically reduce our movement and stop holding mass gatherings– such as the concerts and festivals that anchor HeadCount’s work– our entire country is faced with new questions about how to support elections in the middle of a public health crisis.   The answers are in flux and…

Registering Voters at A Naturalization Ceremony

By Emily Gibbs on November 14, 2019

On November 5, I had the opportunity to register voters at two naturalization ceremonies in Manassas, VA. While these ceremonies represented an inspirational day away from the office for me, many of the naturalization candidates had been waiting years or decades for this moment.  The path to naturalization is difficult and confusing, to say the…


By Theo Munger on November 6, 2019

What do we think about when we think about the future? It’s always been more of an aspiration than an inevitability; in the future, my mom will say, please lock the door if you’re going to leave the house. Or, in the future just call me before you decide to foster six dogs and two…

Eight Quirky Statewide Referendums On Tuesday

By Alexandria McGurk on November 2, 2018

On Tuesday, November 6th America will vote on 435 House of Representatives seats, 35 Senate seats, 26 Governorships, and thousands upon thousands of state legislative seats. But 37 states are also voting on 155 state-wide referendums. Check out eight of the more interesting ones: California California has 11 overall propositions on the ballot for the…

Holding Lady Liberty’s Hand – A Poem for Voting

By Aaron Ghitelman on

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]    HOLDING LADY LIBERTY’S HAND   By Paul Lee   You would think that holding Lady Liberty’s hand Would be like holding a hand of stone….

The Future is Bright: Register Voters with Student Activists

By Jennifer Hartel on April 24, 2018

In my two years as a Team Leader for HeadCount I have had the absolute pleasure of registering voters at all types of concerts and events. One thing that I love about HeadCount is how fast and spontaneously an event can come together. This fast-paced planning happened once already this year with March for our…

Bob Weir talks to Parkland, FL Students about Voter Registration

By Aaron Ghitelman on March 1, 2018

On February 26th, Dead & Company invited a large group of students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL to their nearby show in Sunrise. Before the show and during setbreak, the entire band met with the group and shared some inspirational words. The group included many of the students who…

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…

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

By Morgan Pierpont on November 1, 2017

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…