The Hollywood Reporter: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, More Celebs Got Out The Vote In 2022 Elections
Written by: VoteRiders
Members of the entertainment industry took to social media, participated in door-knocking campaigns in battleground states and hosted letter-writing Zooms to encourage voter turnout.
BY ABBEY WHITE | NOVEMBER 8, 2022 2:04PM
In the weeks, and even months, leading up to the 2022 elections, major names in Hollywood have encouraged voters in Los Angeles and beyond to get out and vote.
Frequently described as one of the most consequential midterms in recent history, this year’s elections have seen many in the industry spending time on the ground and on social media highlighting key issues on the ballot at the national, state and local levels: Everything from abortion access and climate change to voting rights and more.
As a result, Hollywood’s politically engaged stars are teaming with organizations and voting-focused nonprofits — and in some cases, delivering their own endorsements — to help encourage people to vote.
Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Ed Helms, Jordana Brewster Host Text-Banking and Letter-Writing Parties
A number of celebrities teamed with VoteRiders, a U.S. nonprofit voter advocacy and assistance group, for virtual events targeting at-risk voters in various states. Comedic voices like Sarah Silverman, Jack Black and Ed Helms hosted their own letter-writing and text-banking opportunities before Tuesday.
During his banking session Black told participants they were all “fighting the good fight on the front lines of democracy.”
“It’s such a consequential vote, there’s so much on the ballot. And most importantly, democracy is on the ballot and it feels like it’s in peril,” he added. “I think you’re heroes, and I want to give you a little inspiration to just keep on going because believe it or not, there are people out there that are meeting right now talking about how to suppress the vote.”
Silverman noted in her session that, “the more of a schlep it is to vote, the more important it is to vote. Helping people and getting information out there and making it as easy as possible for everybody to vote in Georgia is just a massive mitzvah, if I may be Jewish, and I’m so honored to be here and cheerlead a little bit.”
Fast & Furious franchise star Jordana Brewster’s session teamed VoteRiders with Eva Longoria and America Ferrera’s Poderistas, the nonpartisan nonprofit founded in 2020 by the Latina stars, to reach at-risk voters including Hispanic and Latinx voters who might not have the ID they need to cast a ballot.