Saturday, February 23, 2019

Get Your Vote On

Prep for the election at rockin’ HeadCount concerts and events.

In our opinion, there has never been a more crucial time to vote. Thankfully, organizations like HeadCount make it easier to do just that. The national, non-partisan organization helps register people—particularly young, first-time voters—at buzz-filled concerts and music festivals near and far.

Courtesy Meg Ryan (Hatchery 17)/HeadCount

Jack Johnson-Photo courtesy Meg Ryan (Hatchery 17)/HeadCount

Since its start in 2004, HeadCount has worked with the music industry to increase youth participation in democracy. Thanks to 15,000-plus volunteers working nationwide to pull off more than 1,000 concerts, festivals and community events each election year, the organization has helped register nearly 400,000 new voters.

For the 2016 election year, HeadCount launched a massive initiative registering voters at over 300 shows, including several on Seattle soil.

We’re pretty excited about these events happening right here in our town:

  • 10/08/2016 Okkervil River Neptune Theatre
  • 10/20/2016 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Showbox
  • 10/21/2016 Billy Bragg & Joe Henry Neptune Theatre
  • 10/26/2016 Bad Religion Showbox


Also, HeadCount recently partnered with HelloVote, revolutionary technology that registers folks via text messaging and Facebook Messenger. On September 27th, more than 200 musicians—including Wilco, Panic! At the Disco, Jack Johnson, Killer Mike, Ani DiFranco, Lil Dicky, The Indigo Girls, Michael Franti and members of The Grateful Dead—supported National Voter Registration Day with social media posts urging followers to register by texting “COUNT” to 348-387 or clicking on

C’mon, America…Time to do our forefathers/mothers proud.





About Corinne Whiting

Corinne, an east coast native who relocated here from the other Washington in 2011, was bit by the travel bug early on. She lived in Strasbourg, France (during her junior year at Georgetown University) and in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she got a masters degree in Cultural Studies. She feels very grateful to have explored incredible spots on our globe ranging from Bolivia and Egypt to Turkey and China, but there are passport pages yet to fill (and travel tales yet to be written!). After serving as associate editor at Where magazine in D.C. for five years, Corinne has embarked on a new adventure here in the PNW as a freelance writer and photographer, contributing to publications like National Geographic Traveler, the Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine, Amtrak's OnTrak, 1889 Washington, 1859 Oregon, Visit Seattle and so on. She loves exploring this incredible corner of the country while debunking the rain myths, upping her coffee quotient, hearing heaps of live music and finding her Zen near the water as often as possible.
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