Midterms Matter Tour Hits Registration Goal

HeadCount has completed the "Midterms Matters Tour" and announced that it has eclipsed its voter registration goals for the summer of 2006. The organization registered over 5,000 new voters on a budget of less than $25,000.

The Midterms Matters tour included over 30 events. Highlights included the Bonnaroo festival, the Phil Lesh/Trey Anastasio tour and a dozen dates with Dave Matthews Band.

"We set out to bring attention to the midterm elections and prove how efficient a grassroots, music-oriented registration group can be," said HeadCount co-chair Andy Bernstein. "This summer was all about creating a scaleable model. In 2008 we will have an even louder voice and broader presence."

Dave Matthews Band's Bama Works Foundation donated $15,000 to HeadCount, financing much of the activity. Relix Magazine also made significant donations to HeadCount, as did several private donors.

Artists supported HeadCount in other ways, and many actually sat at the HeadCount booths and helped fans register to vote. Among those taking a turn with a clipboard were Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule, former Phish bass player Mike Gordon, Bela Fleck, Al Schnier of moe., and the entire lineups of Umphrey's McGee and The Disco Biscuits.

HeadCount is one of the few music-based voter registration organizations making an active stand during this election year, and is the only major voter registration organization run by volunteers.

Our artist-based efforts will continue through the election, as we expect to generate over one million dedicated e-mails in the next month reminding people to vote, via affiliated musicians and their extensive e-mail databases.

HeadCount co-chair Marc Brownstein, bass player for the popular electronic rock band The Disco Biscuits, expressed his gratitude to every other artist, fan or benefactor who has supported the organization. "It's amazing to see the great musicians of the world get behind our organization," says Brownstein. "We built HeadCount at the grassroots level, and I think that's something artists big and small all identify with."

Headcount was formed in 2004 in advance of the presidential election, and lists artists such as The Dead's Bob Weir as members of its board of directors. Weir, touring with the band RatDog regularly steps to the microphone and implores young fans to vote "Democracy seems to be slipping away from us year by year," Weir said recently. "The only true way to fight against that is with our votes, while we still have a chance."


[Published on: 9/26/06]

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Sj42286 starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/26/2006 01:14PM
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stand up and be counted.

karacter0 star Wed 9/27/2006 11:19AM
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is this for real? they spent $5000 on each new voter? do you realize that your vote doesn't even count? only members of the electoral college get to vote in the presidential election.
why didn't they spend 25k on disolving the electoral college?

karacter0 star Wed 9/27/2006 11:25AM
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thanks for keeping the public misinformed. do the math Head Count. this is a major waste.
is this really news worthy, Jambase?
...only 5000 new voters from Bonnaroo and 29 other events:(

karacter0 starstarstarstar Wed 9/27/2006 11:30AM
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sorry headcount, never let your littl brother use your login. how about $5 a voter.
but i do hate the electoral college thing!

Hanover starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/10/2006 08:50AM
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they are just doning what can be done right now...just stay positive and support it, but dont knock it.