VOTER PROTECTION WATCH: Celebrities Fight Voter Intimidation

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  • Washington, D.C. – “We all have an equal voice in the voting booth.  That’s what makes America great,“ says actress Jessica Alba in one of the new public service announcements (PSAs) produced with civil and voting rights group Advancement Project.  Some of the spots will air on USA Network, MSNBC, Cloo and UniHD and a number of local television affiliates.  Radio versions of the PSAs will also be aired on stations around the country.

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    The PSAs are designed to encourage people to take part in democracy and help combat the fear and confusion created in some voters by unprecedented attempts to make it harder to vote.  With Alba, the videos feature television personality Star Jones film director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete, Spy Kids, Desperado) and musician Will.I.Am  Additional public service announcements starring some of hip-hop’s influential voices, including recording artists Kandi Burruss and Toya Wright, 2 Chainz, DJ Scream, and chart-topping producer Sean Garrett, will air on BET Network.

    “To vote gives our discussion and debate purpose.  It defines us as Americans,” says Robert Rodriguez in one of the spots.

    “Having the voices of these artists encourage participation in our democracy will help combat the fear and confusion we see by efforts that make it harder for people of color, college students, the elderly and the young to vote,” said Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director of Advancement Project.  “Having an equal say on Election Day is the essence of our democracy.   We are extremely grateful to the artists for lending their voices to this effort and to the television networks that are allowing this clarion call for democracy to be heard.”

    The public service announcements point viewers to http://www.apvote.org<;http://www.apvote.org&gt;, a website full of information to prepare people for Election Day, including state-by-state voting rules, a tool for finding the correct polling place, and what voters should do if they encounter problems on Election Day.

     

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