Jackson, Bennett Spearhead Voter Registration Effort
Michael Jackson and Tony Bennett will headline a New York concert spearheading the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) "Every Vote Counts" national voter registration drive. The April 24 event at thMichael Jackson and Tony Bennett will headline a New York concert spearheading the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) "Every Vote Counts" national voter registration drive. The April 24 event at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem will also boast performances by k.d. lang, Ruben Blades, and BeBe Winans. Comedian Chris Tucker and actress Cicely Tyson will co-host "A Night at the Apollo," which will also feature an appearance by former President Bill Clinton.
"The voter registration drive and concert we are announcing today highlight the Democratic Party's aggressive strategy of fully tapping a base of unregistered voters and creating a political force that will carry Democrats to victory in the 2002 and 2004 elections and beyond," DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe said in a statement. "Through this unprecedented effort the DNC is honoring its commitment to bringing more voices into the political fold, because everyone needs to be heard. Having only 50% of eligible voters currently registered to vote is a trend that must change and today we are helping to change it."
According to the official DNC Web site, general admission tickets to the just-announced event are sold out. Special guest "silver tickets" are still available in exchange for a $1,000 donation to the DNC, which can be made through the site.
As McAuliffe has made voter registration a high priority for the Democratic Party, similar events and concerts promoting voter registration will be held across the country in the coming months, according to the DNC statement.