Katy Perry, John Legend, Stephen Colbert & More Encourage Americans to Get Involved on National Voter Registration Day

Katy Perry wants to make sure you know that today (Sept. 25) is National Voter Registration Day. Traditionally held on the fourth Tuesday of September, the day for voters to get their paperwork in order had a number of celebrities tweeting out reminders that it's not too late to get registered for the upcoming midterm elections.

The next election is just 41 days away on Nov. 6 -- and some states require voters to be registered 30 days before the election, so some of you have until next weekend to register. 

The upcoming midterm is the first since Pres. Trump's election two years ago and will mark the first test of his ability to retain control of both the White House and Congress during his first term in office. More than six in 10 eligible Americans voted in the last presidential election, but less than four in 10 eligible voters participated in the last midterm elections. This means that control of the American government can and has been decided by a minority of voters, with twenty one percent of eligible voters not even registered. 

In the balance on Nov. 6 is control of both the House and Senate, which the Republican party currently holds, with a slim, two-vote majority in the Senate (where 33 of the 100 seats will be in play) and a larger majority (240-195) in the House (where all 435 seats are up for grabs). Current models predict a potential flip of the House, which could lead to an avalanche of investigations into the Trump administration by Democrats, and, if the Senate is flipped as well, a possible stall to Trump's bid to fill a second Supreme Court vacancy should the currently imperiled nomination of Brett Kavanaugh stall out before the midterms.

John LegendMoby, Bon Iver, Emily Saliers, Big Boi, and Kill The Noise were among the performers who took to social media with their thoughts on voter registration.

Over the weekend at the Farm Aid benefit concert, co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young spoke about the importance of voting as well.

"We've got to get the right people representing us and have your voices heard," said Mellencamp at a press conference.

Nelson added that he's currently working on a song with his songs called "Vote 'Em Out," with lyrics like "If you don't like who's in there, vote 'em out/ That's what election day is all about/ And the biggest gun we've got is called the ballot box/ So if you don't like who's in there, vote 'em out."

More information about voter registration is available at USA.gov and the National Voter Registration Day website.