Celebs Say 'Rock the Vote' - But Didn't Vote Themselves in 2010
By Rosalyn Oshmyansky
Midterm elections begin on Nov. 4th, but are the celebrities pushing young voters to turn out actually walking the walk like their Rock The Vote campaign urges?
In a PSA that began airing a month ago, Rock The Vote enlisted famous faces and changed the lyrics to Lil Jon's "Turn Down For What" to "Turn Out For What" – all part of the organization's ongoing efforts to inspire and excite young people to vote for important issues.
In the ad, Lil Jon advocates for the legalization of marijuana, Girls' Lena Dunham supports reproductive rights, Glee's Darren Criss is there for education reform, Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne shows up for better prison policies, and Rich Kids of Beverly Hills' E.J. Johnson goes for marriage equality.
But The Washington Post reports that none of those celebrities actually turned out for the last midterm elections back in 2010.
Low turnout for midterms is not all that surprising, given that these types of elections – held in year halfway between the larger presidential elections – have drawn far fewer voters overall going back as far as the 1840s, according to the Pew Research Center.
Nonetheless, Rock the Vote says all its spokespeople are registered to vote this time around. "We believe individuals who have missed opportunities to vote in the past should not be disqualified from committing to participate in the political process in the future," Rock the Vote's Audrey Gelman told the Post.
The fact they did not vote in midterms is not uncommon though. According to the Pew Research Center, "Voter turnout in the midterms has been lower than in presidential election years as far back as the 1840s."