On election eve, Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama's preliminary voting numbers are much tighter than they were four years ago between the current POTUS and Senator John McCain. The nonpartisan organization, Our Time, has teamed up this year with some of the country's most influential people to urge young people to get out and vote. Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, actress Jessica Alba, rapper Nas, singer Trey Songz, television writer and producer Norman Lear, congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, singer Usher Raymond, and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton are just some of the names of people who have starred in a video encouraging young people to vote. The change they are talking about starts with the upcoming election, but doesn't end with it. In the video below, Jessica Alba encourages young Americans to exercise the power they can have on Washington with voting, standing up, and being heard:
Once registered voters are engaged, they can go to the Our Time website and find out more information and answers to common questions that young voters may not know such as where to find statewide rules on alternatives to bringing a driver's license or letting them know that it is okay to bring a sample ballot already filled out with you to the polls.
"Change" was the keyword in the 2008 United States presidential election. It was a high time for voter turnout with President Barack Obama receiving more votes than any president in U.S. History. It was the highest turnout for youth voters since 1972 (when the voting age was lowered to 18) and the highest turnout for African American voters ever.
This election season is a much closer call than it was in 2008. The loyalty and follow-through of the young American voter could make all the difference. Aside from the election, however, celebrities encourage youth to vote so that they can have a voice and be heard in this country. Black Eyed Peas musician and vocalist, Will.I.Am said in his video, "I am somebody. You are somebody too. Vote...don't be a punk."