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Musicians drum up voter registration ahead of November elections

Musician Jack Johnson is among numerous artists working alongside the nonprofit HeadCount to help register voters.

An array of celebrated musicians — including Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Jay-Z, the members of Pearl Jam and others — are encouraging voter registration ahead of Election Day on Nov. 6. The musicians are working in tandem with nonprofit, nonpartisan organization HeadCount to register voters and promote participation in democracy.

“We stage voter registration drives at concerts and run programs that translate the power of music into real action,” the organization states on its website. “By reaching young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – we make civic participation easy and fun.”

HeadCount and its partner musicians have registered nearly 500,000 voters since 2004 and created a nationwide network of 20,000 volunteers. And in a time of polarizing partisanship, HeadCount takes a decidedly neutral approach to voter registration.

“HeadCount provides voter registration assistance on a strictly nonpartisan basis to any U.S. citizen age 18 or over without regard to political affiliation, race, religion, or age. HeadCount does not endorse, support or coordinate with any political party or candidates for elected office, or take positions on any ballot initiatives.”

For more information about HeadCount, visit To register to vote in California, visit Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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