Lin-Manuel Miranda, the NRA and Tom Hanks want you to register to vote
Politicians and celebrities take to Twitter on National Voter Registration Day
With the presidential election only 406 days away, and the first Democratic nominating contest only 132 days from now, efforts to register voters and encourage election participation have been full steam ahead. Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, and politicians and celebrities alike took to Twitter to promote the commemorative day.
Now in its seventh year, it's a nationwide effort by civic educators and state and local officials to boost awareness of registration opportunities — and get as many thousands of new people as possible added to the rolls almost simultaneously.
Among members of Congress, there was a stark difference in who encouraged voter registration, though. Only a few House Republicans tweeted about the holiday, while dozens of House Democrats rallied followers to register to vote.
In the Senate, however, party didn't play as big of a role in determining who celebrated the holiday. Four Republican and seven Democratic members marked the occasion with a tweet.
While President Donald Trump was mum on the subject as of 3:30 p.m., his sons Don Jr. and Eric both encouraged followers to register.
Barack and Michelle Obama also chimed in. And many celebrities also promoted National Voter Registration Day, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zooey Deschanel, Tom Hanks and Alyssa Milano.
Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! Take @WhenWeAllVote’s pledge to help 3 friends register to vote. Because… https://t.co/M2jS6h4S4D— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin-Manuel Miranda) 1569348123.0
The House is holding a hearing tmrw to ban our rifles used for self-defense, gun grabbers running for POTUS are pro… https://t.co/JkSMmuypq2— NRA (@NRA) 1569349556.0
Registering to vote is literally this fun. I swear. #NationalVoterRegistrationDay https://t.co/Nz1ituffdj https://t.co/dAjvYrDRtQ— zooey deschanel (@zooey deschanel) 1569339525.0
Hey! America! National Voter Registration Day is TODAY. So, register you and a friend and a family member, and a… https://t.co/q13EOrEcPJ— Tom Hanks (@Tom Hanks) 1569344764.0
Today's National Voter Registration Day so we're partnering w/ Rock the Vote to get ready for the 2020 election!… https://t.co/m0LfmOnrEz— &pizza (@&pizza) 1569326413.0
Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! More than 17 million voters have been purged from the rolls since 2016.… https://t.co/4sFsrvfxbZ— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano) 1569344430.0
You know what fascists fear most other than a free and open press? Voting Text Vote to 954-954 to register to v… https://t.co/CyLm4ekTbg— David Hogg text VOTE to 954-954 (@David Hogg text VOTE to 954-954) 1569331913.0
Last month, 17-year-old David Ledbetter registered voters while he waited in line at a North Carolina Popeyes. On… https://t.co/QeHiaMF46W— Michelle Obama (@Michelle Obama) 1569333121.0
On National Voter Registration Day, it’s up to us as citizens to make sure everyone we know can make their voices h… https://t.co/rYRdykNARc— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1569341001.0
Our democracy depends on all of us stepping forward and making our voices heard. Celebrate… https://t.co/NiaVYP5ByO— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren) 1569345669.0
🚨Are YOU registered to vote?🚨 Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, make sure you are registered to vote! Let… https://t.co/SsNX3Kk6S6— GOP (@GOP) 1569333432.0
If we’re going to flip state legislatures in 2019, we’ll have to mobilize everyone we know. Sitting on the sideline… https://t.co/niWEc9B6Ye— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris) 1569336240.0
The right to vote is the most sacred American right there is — and it’s up to all of us to make our voices heard in… https://t.co/w9j4TGdxCQ— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden) 1569346800.0
It's #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! Remember: Your vote is your voice—and today is the day to make sure that yours… https://t.co/X57A98ecyq— Kirsten Gillibrand (@Kirsten Gillibrand) 1569338470.0
Let’s make sure America is ready to V🔴TE red! For #NationalVoterRegistrationDay today, make sure your friends, fami… https://t.co/YgAVs4P7PV— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1569337355.0
The @DNC has made it our priority to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote without inti… https://t.co/L2Ji5v2cq5— The Democrats (@The Democrats) 1569340835.0
Friends, it’s #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! Make sure you are registered to vote! Go to https://t.co/c95lEmuLfp i… https://t.co/uMwPeVPMNE— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump) 1569332642.0
Today's #NationalVoterRegistrationDay & y'all better get your vote on! Register w/ @HeadCountOrg on… https://t.co/cBd6052X3Z— Panic! At The Disco (@Panic! At The Disco) 1569339146.0
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