In case you haven’t heard, there is a midterm election on Tuesday (Nov. 6) and pretty much all of your favorite actors are getting together with some musicians, YouTube stars and comedians for a first-of-its-kind two-hour livestream telethon on Monday night (Nov. 5) to help encourage young Americans to get out and vote.
The non-partisan Telethon for America will encourage viewers to call in and chat with the 50-plus celebs manning the phone banks and pledge that they will vote on Tuesday. In a switch from most telethons, stars such as Pharrell, Chelsea Handler, Olivia Munn, Jane Fonda, Judd Apatow, Jessica Alba, Natalie Portman, Justin Theroux, Foster the People, Kevin Smith, Meghan Trainor, Amy Schumer and many more will not be asking for any money in their effort to boost what is traditionally low voter turnout for midterm elections.
They’re focusing on young voters because according to recent Reuters/Ipsos polling just 25 percent of people aged 18-29 said they were definitely going to vote in the election, the lowest percentage of any age group. The event, organized by comedian Ben Glieb and backed by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s nonpartisan When We All Vote campaign, will air live from a Google space in Los Angeles beginning at 9 p.m. ET and stream on YouTube, Facebook Live and Comedy Central’s website.
Other stars scheduled to appear include: George Lopez, Charlize Theron, Sean Hayes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alyssa Milano, Whitney Cummings, Sophia Bush, Chris Redd, Nina Dobrev, Ashley Benson, Constance Wu, Backstreet Boys, Bill Bellamy, Hasan Minaj, Gabrielle Union, Samantha Ronson, Lil Rel, Tyler Oakley, Ray Romano, Thievery Corporation, Tom Arnold, Ike Barinholtz, Sara Foster, Andra Day, Nichole Richie and many more.
The celebs join a number of musicians and actors who have been engaged in a full-court press to get out the vote in the election that is seen by many as a referendum on Pres. Trump’s first two years in office. At stake on Tuesday — when all 435 members of the House will be on the ballot — is control of House and Senate, which are both in Republican hands now; Democrats have a good shot at flipping the House and potentially narrowing the 51-49 gap in the Senate, though polls indicate that seems less likely.