NEW YORK – In the final days before the U.S. election, celebrities from Kerry Washington to Billie Jean King and Danai Gurira are urging Americans to vote.
Here are some of the free and non-partisan efforts:
– Stars like Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Mark Ruffalo, Dua Lipa, Vic Mensa, Uzo Aduba, Mandy Moore, Russell Westbrook, Jack Black and Common are supporting a virtual rally called “Vote With Us.” The three-hour event will air at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT on www.votewith.us and simultaneously stream on YouTube. March For Our Lives activists Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg will also be in attendance.
– The hour-long show “Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy” will be hosted by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington. There will be appearances from Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Cobie Smulders, Coldplay, Condoleezza Rice, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, John Kasich, Kelly Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Shaquille O’Neal, Tan France, Wilmer Valderrama and performances by Keys, Dan + Shay, Offset and Shawn Mendes. It’s on CBS and CBS All Access October 29 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET / PT.
– The world of theater has its own push with “Act Out: Vote 2020”, an evening of music and short monologues. It is directed by playwright and “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira, Tony Award-winning director Stephen Daldry and two-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. There will be performances by Yvette Nicole Brown, Ryan J. Haddad, Brian Tyree Henry, Lloyd Knight, Sandra Oh and Ephraim Skyes. The event will be available to stream for free on October 29 at 9 p.m. ET, then live on YouTube until November 2.
– The NFL’s voting campaign includes Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley. There is also a “Latinos Vote” expansion campaign with NFL legends and celebrities encouraging the Latino community to vote which includes Victor Cuz, Roberto Garza and Wilmer Valderrama.
– Theater producer Dale Mott and composer Nolan Williams Jr. have used their contacts to create an engaging music video to encourage voter participation. “I Have the Right to Vote” video features original “Hamilton” actor Christopher Jackson, tennis great Billie Jean King, artist Billy Porter, chef Carla Hall and others reciting the iconic words the right to vote, including John Lewis, Frederick Douglass and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
– Singer Demi Lovato, actor Halle Berry and Olympic figure skating star Adam Rippon send voice messages to LGBTQ voters and their allies in the states of Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania about the early voting, the voting deadlines and the challenges of this election. This is part of a GLAAD push.
– Even Donald Duck defends voters. The animated musical short “Everybody Gets a Vote” premieres October 25 on Disney Junior YouTube and DisneyNOW and November 1 on Disney Junior. It is designed to encourage children aged 2 to 7 to develop positive attitudes towards themselves and as a member of a community. In the video, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Mira, Vampirina, and baby Kermit determine that a vote is the fairest way to choose a gambling game.
– Jason Alexander, Mayim Bialik, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tim Daly and other actors donned chicken costumes for a new ad to get people to vote. The PSA is funded by the non-profit entertainment advocacy group The Creative Coalition. The message: “One vote could make the difference between a chicken or a fox guarding our henhouse.”
– Virgin Hotels, Sir Richard Branson’s lifestyle hotel brand, has launched a “Don’t Sleep on Voting” campaign in partnership with La Source. The social media-based campaign will feature daily video messages to Instagram from rapper, singer and record producer Vic Mensa, singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope and comedian and actor Felonious Munk. Influencers were encouraged to create a video in their own personal style to ensure a powerful call to action.