Celebrities and influencers have millions of followers on social media. With a single post, trend-setters like Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner can literally change the world by inspiring tens of thousands of people to register to vote and show up to the polls. With that much sway, these powerful people have a responsibility to encourage their fans to vote. But some of the biggest influencers in the world — including Bill Gates, Nicki Minaj, and even Twitter’s official Twitter account! — have done nothing to move their followers to vote or register to vote.
Silence is not acceptable. Tell celebrities, influencers, and tech companies to speak up and help us all vote.
Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to reach — and influence — massive amounts of people. These athletes, artists, and celebrities are using their social media accounts in creative ways to encourage all of us to register to vote and make our voices heard. Click through the gallery to see what they've done, and send them a message to thank them for helping to save democracy online.
Every tweet, every Facebook post, and every Instagram story has the ability to drive a few more people to the polls. And yet, these influential people and organizations with the power to influence millions of others are staying silent about the one non-partisan issue that allows us the opportunity to determine our own fate: voting. That's not right. Send them a message urging them to use their platform to get out the vote this November.
Countless people have been unfairly purged from voter registration lists. New voter registration plummeted early in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, massive efforts to get out the vote have resulted in unprecedented levels of early voting. But we can't get comfortable and we can't stop now. Democracy doesn't work unless all of us have a chance to participate, so everyone on the Internet — from tech companies to influencers — must do their part to make sure that people in our communities are registered to vote and ready to access their ballots, by mail or in person.
Here's how you can help:
Install our voter access widget: a small (but powerful!) alert that helps visitors to your site check their registration status, register to vote, request a ballot and more!TRY IT OUT
The widget will appear on your page just like you see it here:
If you'd like to configure the appearance or change the location of the widget on your web pages, just visit our GitHub page to learn how.
The Internet is where democracy lives or dies today. Some companies and influencers are using their influence to help get out the vote for the 2020 elections. But others aren't. Below is a list of who’s doing the most to protect democracy when it's more at risk than ever before; you can see which websites promoted National Voter Registration Day directly on their platforms, and which YouTube & Twitter influencers have used their platforms to get out the vote. We’ll be adding more categories every week, so check back soon!