Entertainment behind the scenes
Whoopi Goldberg, Leo DiCaprio and friends stump for voters
The list of celebrities encouraging U.S. citizens to get out and vote in the presidential election on Nov. 4 continues to grow and in novel ways.
As he did earlier this month, Leonardo DiCaprio has rounded up many of his friends, including Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Steven Spielberg, to encourage people not to vote. That’s right, not to vote.” Of course, midway through the video the conversation steers toward the negative ramifications of not voting and the tone changes to getting out the vote. People can check it out here:
Elsewhere, Whoopi Goldberg, Vanessa Williams and Ana Ortiz are telling voters that when they do vote, they need to have a phone number handy in case they encounter problems — 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). Or, go to their site 866ourvote.org.
They have some new non-partisan videos, too, including the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Robert DeNiro. Those can be found today at:
These actors are working in conjunction with a group called Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which was formed to help voters on election day. Comcast Entertainment Group airs the PSA on its cable channels E! and Style.
The group will have thousands of lawyers and law students working phone lines on election day, to take calls from voters who might encounter problems at the polls. They will deal with questions such as voters whose names do not appear on registration rolls and polling places with long lines.
And problems do arise. Who can forget the complaints and questionable voting in several important states in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.