Current Issue Details

Buy Current Issue


Published: 2012/09/25

HeadCount Partners with Bob Weir, Phish, DMB, Widespread Panic and More for National Voter Registration Day

HeadCount is leading the charge in what looks to be the largest social media-driven voter registration campaign yet initiated. NVRD was established to help make voting easier and more universal. In 2008, 75 million Americans eligible to vote didn’t, many because they weren’t registered.

To mark the inaugural National Voter Registration Day a variety of artists have pledged their support and are pushing out the voting message through social media. A gallery of familiar faces encouraging you to participate is available on our sister site

In addition, Dave Matthews Band have reworked the video for their new single “Mercy” to include a special message from Dave Matthews about voting and an embedded link to’s voter registration page.

Click here to register. For more information on how you can be involved visit


There are 12 comments associated with this post

Tag September 25, 2012, 11:40:18

My buddy registered as a Republican at a HeadCount booth at a Phish show a few years ago. Went he went to vote they told him that he was not registered. Agenda.

bob September 25, 2012, 12:18:32

agree with Tag above. Tried to register as a Republican with HeadCount at a show and they gave me shit and tried to convince me to switch to Democratic Party . Dumb hippie chick even went on a rant about how Republicans are evil blah blah blah. Not very non-partisan for a non-partisan group.

Greg S September 25, 2012, 12:43:29

And the GOP always plays fair when it comes to voting? Remember “hanging chads”?? Check out Farm Aid review, setlist & pics here…

Mike September 25, 2012, 12:54:03

Wow, how ironic, Repubs complaining about registering to vote. Understand that it’s your Sens/Reps that are making voting in general, more difficult. They should have allowed you to register as you want though.

cocheese September 25, 2012, 13:38:47

I’ve had similar experiences with Head Count volunteers. I was not surprised. I can’t recall Head Count ever using a right leaning celeberity to promote their service. It’s fine with me if they lean to the left, just don’t try to pretend your orginization is out there for every American. Hypocrites. There have been several hanging chad incidents. If you are refering to the Bush/Gore election, you are wrong in stating the GOP didn’t play fair. The U.S. Supreme Court made that decision.

illuminaughty September 25, 2012, 14:30:58

this is a left leaning group. its kinda weird being a republican deadhead, but musical tastes and political tastes dont have to be sycopated.
but for real romney is a mormon bitch.

Dr. Mantis Toboggan September 25, 2012, 16:30:54

This has always been a liberal group. Back in 2004, they made that very clear with an email right after W defeated Kerry. They said that everyone should be mad about the result. I emailed them back asking why they would say that, since they claim to be “nonpartisan”. The response I got back was basically “uh, sorry about that”. Headcount needs to be removed from all shows unless they admit that they aggressively advocating for the Democrat party.

Greg S September 25, 2012, 22:07:31

Um, yes I was referring to 2000 election…but you are wrong my friend – the US Supreme Court actually reversed the decision of Florida’s Secretary of State that certified Bush as the winner. Unfortunately they also decided in a subsequent vote, by a narrow margin, that (since so much time had been wasted) there wasn’t enough time to come up with an alternative solution and deferred back to Florida. Get your facts straight before you act like you know. Here’s another fact – Romney sucks.

Tag September 26, 2012, 09:34:36

Greg, I belive the NYT actually counted the votes after the fact and determined that Bush did in fact win anyway. Regardless, the animosity between parties is sickening. Romney does not suck, just as Obama is not a Nazi and Bush was not the devil. Romney has actually been very successful at everything he has done. You can’t honestly say the same about Obama. We are not better off. I wanted Obama to do well, but he had his chance. Now Romney should be given a chance. If he is not up to the job, we pick someone else. That is the way it should work.

Bob Weir's Shorts September 26, 2012, 14:28:54

I dont agree with whoever said headcount should be removed from shows. The organization leans to the left. So what? Chances are most bands that support headcount are liberals, and i feel most concert goers recognise the audiences ideology will be generally similar. If someone wants to register as a republican they can go do it at a Ted Nugent show.

10th amendment September 29, 2012, 09:05:37

Headcount should try & get John Popper on board if they haven’t tried already. He could educate a bit about freedom & liberty and give real fact based examples on how the oppressive, tyranic criminals in the Democratic and Republican parties are beyond a joke. While I’m not anti-democracy, people should learn the law of the land before pulling that lever, tapping that screen, or punching that chad!

David Perkins September 30, 2012, 18:34:44

I don’t believe there is any partisan agenda with Headcount. They seem to have their heart in the right place. However, I did ask a few questions at the Bonnaroo booth last June and they didn’t have accurate information about registration procedures in Wisconsin. The Headcount volunteer seemed to think he could register a WI resident on the spot, when in fact, you need to prove residency to a Special Registration Deputy (SRD) and demonstrate that you’ve lived at that address for 28 days. Otherwise you need to provide the same information to a city official with the same SRD designation or register at the poll on election day. The SRD can only register voters within a defined region (Milwaukee County for example)...I applaud Headcount for the effort, but they need to provide accurate information.

Note: It may take a moment for your post to appear

(required) (required, not public)