A record number of hip-hop
heads are expected to cast their votes Tuesday—a historic enrollment that
may swing the presidential election against Republican incumbent George Bush.
But William "Upski"
Wimsatt, Director of The League of Pissed-Off Voters, has a message for hip-hop
voters: Don’t forget the other 90% of the ballot.
"Most of us go to vote
for President,” Upski told AllHipHop.com. “Then we look at the rest
of the ballot like it’s a surprise question on a pop quiz.”
The political activist
said many hip-hop voters often neglect local offices up for appointment.
According to Upski, these
local races are crucial since many are determined by a few hundred votes or
“We can move those
types of numbers,” said Upski. “That’s the next level of the
He and the League of Pissed-Off
Voters researched elections throughout the country to offer hip-hop voters a
useful resource—a guide covering local races from over 70 cities in 28
The voter guide also provides
information on finding local polling locations and is available for download
“These shiesty politicians
are about to be fired–judges, school board, state reps, the whole nine,”
Upski declared. “They are not ready for the hip-hop generation to come
to the polls and flex our muscle in local races.”
Upski further recommended
first-time voters to set an alarm and arrive early when lines are short on Election
Voters should also carry
ID and proof of address to be safe, and print additional copies of the voter
guide for others.
“Bring music [because]
you might have to wait in line,” Upski advised. “We’re going to
turn Tuesday, November 2 into one gigantic block party.”
Upski also urged voters
to call 1-866-OUR-VOTE should they need legal assistance.