VPC [Voter Participation Center] coined the term Rising American Electorate to describe the powerful and growing voting group that includes unmarried women, people of color and millennials. The RAE now makes up the majority of eligible voters in America (56.7%). But RAE members do not vote in proportion to their share of the voting eligible population, and one of the key reasons is their registration rates. Page Gardner, Huffington Post, 9/27/16
The need to vote has never been so essential.
In advance of the first presidential candidate debate several major newspapers finally fact-checked Donald Trump and determined what many of us have known: He lies. A lot. Like, every three minutes and 15 seconds (Politico).
Then Hillary Clinton and Trump faced off, and we found out how you actually win such a debate. You do it by not “acting” presidential but by showing how you are in fact presidential.
Clinton, toward the end of the debate: “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that’s a good thing.”
How can the preferable presidential candidate win not just debates but also the election? I’ve certainly never denied being a fan of pop culture, and in these stressful political times I love when it challenges us to do the right thing: Register to vote. Then Vote.
A group of famous celebrities, plus a few less than famous ones, plus some very important non-celebs recently got together to emphasize the need to vote—and if you do, good things are bound to happen. (Not everyone will agree on how good and for whom.)
If you watched the above clip, you know that Mark Ruffalo may or may not do a nude scene in his next movie if you vote. Katy Perry, on the other hand, has a different kind of nude scene in mind when she pushes for the need to vote. She suggests that you get up on voting day and “come as you are” to your polling place. In other words, who cares how you dress for it? You could be in your robe, or whatever, or like her, in her pj’s—then out of her pj’s. (Regarding the latter option, we learn, you should reconsider.)
And, interestingly enough, Katy Perry makes another “appearance” in this brand new reunion of the stars of one of my all-time favorite sitcoms, Will and Grace (1998-2006). Relax and enjoy this nearly 10-minute gag-packed scene in which not everyone agrees on who’s the best presidential choice.