As celebrities prepared Thursday night for the broadcast premiere of Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy on CBS, they shared the importance of voting and what voting means to them through a live Q&A on Twitter.
After calling for questions using the hashtag #AskEveryVoteCounts, hosts Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, and Kerry Washington took to social media to show their excitement for the event, and joined Jennifer Lopez, Common, Eva Longoria, Wilmer Valderrama, Tan France, and Global Citizen to talk about early voting, why using your voice is important, and how to take action during — and after — the nonpartisan event.
Keys moderated the Q&A and kicked off the chat by getting everyone excited for the Every Vote Counts premiere.
Can ya’ll believe it’s about to be show time?!?— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) October 30, 2020
Ready to goooo!!!!!— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) October 30, 2020
LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!! #EveryVoteCounts— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) October 30, 2020
Let’s get it!!!! #EveryVoteCounts— jlo (@JLo) October 30, 2020
Been looking forward to it all day. Everyone, tune in to CBS!!— Tan France (@tanfrance) October 30, 2020
✊🏽— COMMON (@common) October 30, 2020
Yeah! Let’s get this party started @aliciakeys!!— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) October 30, 2020
Keys then posed a Twitter user's question about whether it was too late to mail in their ballot, and threw it to Global Citizen to answer.
If you're voting absentee out-of-state and have the means, you can express mail your ballot. But do it soon! We’re getting close to Election Day, and many states won’t count your vote if it comes late. Your vote matters!— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) October 30, 2020
Voting is an essential part of a democracy where citizens have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are still exercising their rights to cast their ballots in the upcoming presidential election.
With Election Day quickly approaching, our partner HeadCount recommends that voters drop their ballots off in person as post offices are reporting severe delays. You can find out where to job your ballot off using HeadCount’s resources here. If you're an out-state or absentee voter, HeadCount recommends getting your ballot in the mail as soon as possible and to express ship it.
Another question for the hosts and artists was, “Why is voting so important to you?”
It allows us to vote for people who truly represent us. People who respect us. People who see us as valuable to society. Not voting in our society’s best interest suggests that these things aren’t important. That our voices aren’t important. They are and they’re powerful!— Tan France (@tanfrance) October 30, 2020
When we show up, it works!!#EveryVoteCounts— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) October 30, 2020
This election is about saving democracy and restoring faith in our country— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) October 30, 2020
One commenter asked why this year’s election feels so different from years in the past. One reason is that due to social distancing regulations, voters might see longer lines at polling locations than in previous years.
Concerns about COVID-19 also caused an unprecedented number of voters to vote by mail, which means that it will take longer to count all of the votes. Unlike previous years, a clear winner might not be declared on Nov. 3.
Voting advocates and experts are encouraging media outlets to refrain from prematurely announcing a winner on election night before the results are clear to ensure that every vote is counted — and everyday Global Citizens can pledge to be patient, too.
Everyone deserves to have their vote counted. That's why we all have to be patient this year and wait until a clear winner is determined before calling a winner. You can even take our pledge here: https://t.co/yWvomQvBJu#EveryVoteCounts— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) October 30, 2020
Global Citizen, in partnership with HeadCount, has been mobilizing young voters across the country as part of the Just Vote campaign. Together, we've encouraged citizens to check their voter registration status, worked with companies and nonprofits to give their employees time off to vote, urged media outlets not to announce the winner of the election prematurely with Count Every Vote's National Council on Election Integrity, and more.
Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy uses music, dance, art, and dialogue to celebrate that in a democracy, our vote is our voice.
You can tune in to #EveryVoteCounts on CBS right now. If you missed some, don’t worry. The digital premiere is happening tomorrow at 9pm ET on @GlblCtzn’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels. Learn more here: https://t.co/vwWkHWPw1v— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) October 30, 2020
If you missed the broadcast premiere, don't worry — you can still catch the digital premiere Friday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m. ET on Apple Music, Apple TV App, Facebook, NowThis, TIDAL, Twitter, and YouTube.
Find more details about how to tune and take action here.