(AllHipHop News) There are just 42 days until Election Day 2020. November 3 is the final date to vote in the American general election, but citizens in some states have already begun casting ballots for their preferred candidates through early in-person voting and mail-in voting.
Entertainment icon Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus Jr. is helping to spread awareness about taking part in the American political process. Snoop Dogg teamed up with the nonpartisan, nonprofit voting advocacy groups Rock The Vote and 1 VoteCloser as well as the social justice initiative OneOpp to launch an online voter registration drive.
“This is gonna be the first election I am voting in. How the system is set up, I honestly didn’t know that I was allowed to vote based on my past history. My record has been expunged so I’m gonna be out there this election. I have to get involved,” says Snoop Dogg. “As I’m looking around at what is happening in the world right now, I know that we need to make an immediate change and we can’t sit back idle, which is why, along with OneOpp, I’ve partnered with Rock The Vote and 1VoteCloser. I’m gonna use my voice and influence to let people know that the only option is to get out and vote.”
#VoteWithSnoop will run now through the election on November 3. OBEY Clothing founder Shepard Fairey (the artist behind the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster) created a series of posters featuring Snoop Dogg that will be displayed in cities around the country.
“30 years ago when we started Rock the Vote, no one spoke of the youth vote, except to say that young people did not vote. What began as a response to the censorship of hip hop artists grew into a radical mobilization of young people as a political force,” states Rock The Vote founder Jeff Ayeroff. “We are thrilled to have Snoop Dogg – himself a subject of artistic censorship early in his career – join the list of iconic artists with whom we’ve worked to turn engagement into action and get the youth to the polls. Snoop is an artist whose work has pushed boundaries; an entrepreneur whose imagination knows no limits; and a social activist who, along with OneOpp, is focused on getting out the vote. ”
1VoteCloser founder Frances Berman adds, “1VoteCloser is honored to partner with Snoop Dogg, a founding father of Hip Hop, to further our mission of educating voters about the issues and encouraging every eligible voter to VOTE. Thank you, Snoop and OneOpp, for shining a spotlight on VOTING RIGHTS.”