The Music and Radio Industry     Campaign for America

 

You can help increase participation in the world’s most important election.

 

About Us

YouGotta.Vote is a non-partisan campaign to help increase voter turnout in one of the most important elections of our lifetime – the Fall 2020 Presidential vote.  It began as a collaboration between Alan Burns and Associates and Joel Denver’s AllAccess.com, but has grown with the participation of music artists and artist management, record labels, and radio stations and on-air talent. 

YouGotta.Vote provides information and resources that professionals from both industries can use to help drive participation


In the 2016 Presidential election one candidate won the popular vote while the other won the Electoral vote. Increased turnout can increase the likelihood that the winner of this year’s election will win both the popular and Electoral vote – and thus increase Americans’ confidence in the result.
 

Twenty million Americans have reached voting age since the last Presidential election. Many of them aren’t registered to vote yet. 

 

Important Notes for Radio


Radio is the most emotionally powerful of all media  and can make a giant contribution.  You can help drive voter participation with live personality mentions, recorded promos, social posts, artist liners and even events.

The key points are:

-    Voting matters! Your voice matters.

-    You must be registered before you can vote

-    For registration information, go to vote.gov.

-    Vote – with friends (Research indicates people – especially young people -  are more likely to vote when it’s a social activity and/or they sense that others in their peer group are voting).

Vote.gov is a US Government web site that simplifies the process of registering and/or confirming registration in each state.  As a government-run site it is non-partisan.  
 

Non-partisan messages such as the sample copy below qualify as Public Service Announcements. 
 

We know your air time and personal energy are precious – thanks for participating in this effort!

 

 

Radio Copy

There are three sections of copy here: copy to encourage voting, to encourage online registration, and to encourage registration in state without an online option.

 

Got a great idea for “gotta vote” copy or promotion? We’d welcome it! Email info@yougotta.vote.


Copy: Encouraging Voting

  • November 3rd is just like any other day – except that you get to help determine who runs the world.

 

  • Everyone who matters is voting November 3rd. Exercise your power – vote.

 

  • If you want to change things, you gotta vote. If you want things to keep going the way they are,you gotta vote.   Grab a friend or two and go vote on November 3rd.

 

  • If you want to determine what happens in America, you gotta vote. You’ve got the power – if you vote.

 

  • Jobs. Equality. Fairness. Freedom. Those are just a few of the things at stake in this election. Make sure your voice is heard. Vote.

 

  • You’ve got the power…IF you vote. Make voting part of your plan on November 3rd.

 

  • If you want to have a say in what happens in America, you gotta vote November 3rd. Make a plan now to vote with family or friends.

 

 

Copy: Encouraging Registration

39 states and the District of Columbia allow online registration. If your station is in one of those states, there is sample copy for you immediately below. If not, there is sample copy for you here.

To find out whether your state allows online registration,  click here.  

 

Sample Copy for Online Registration States
 

•    If you want to change things, you gotta vote.
     If you want things to keep going the way they are, you gotta vote.
     And in order to vote, you gotta be registered.
     Go to vote.gov to register to vote!

•    Jobs. Equality. Fairness. Freedom. America's future. Those are just a few of the things at stake in the elections this fall. Make sure your  voice is heard. Register to vote, or confirm you’re registered, at vote.gov. It’s fast.

•    If you want to determine what happens in America, you gotta vote. You have to be registered to vote, so go to              vote.gov to register or confirm your registration. 

•    In (state) you can register online to vote.  It’s easy. Go to vote.gov to register.

 

•    You’ve got the power…IF you vote. Register to vote at vote.gov…it’s quick and easy.


*   If you want to have a say in what happens in America, you gotta be registered and vote this fall. To register online, or confirm that you’re already registered, just go to vote.gov.

 

 


 

Sample Copy for Non-Online Registration States

 

•    If you want to change things, you gotta vote.
     If you want things to keep going the way they are, you gotta vote.
     And in order to vote, you must be registered.
     Go to vote.gov for registration information.

•    Jobs. Equality. Fairness. Freedom. America's future. Those are just a few of the things at stake in the elections this fall. Make sure your  voice is heard. Get registered to vote now…go to vote.gov. 

•    If you want to determine what happens in America, you gotta vote. You have to be registered to vote, so go to              vote.gov for registration information.  

•    In (state) you can register to vote in person or by mail. Go to vote.gov to find out how

•    You’ve got the power…IF you vote. So be sure you’re registered to vote…go to vote.gov

•    If you want to have a say in what happens in America, you gotta be registered and vote this fall. To register online,      or confirm that you’re already registered, just go to vote.gov.
 

 
 
 
 
 

Artist Audio Liners

Downloadable audio liners for on-air use. Keep checking back....we'll be adding more  liners for all formats. 

 

Registration and Voting Deadlines by State

Check the table below for information on –
•    What registration options are available in your state
•    What the registration deadlines are
•    Other important information for your state.

 

Scroll down or click to find your state. See important notes and abbreviations at the end of the table.

 

Return to radio copy here. 
 

Artists, Labels, and Management

 

Music and Artists are vital parts of people’s lives and are among the most influential voices in our culture. There are several ways artists and industry professionals can help increase the vote this fall, including the big two:


-    Record messages urging fans to vote.  Participating radio stations around the country will carry your message to millions.
 

-    Use your social platforms to encourage voting. Whether it’s tweets or videos or posts – or all of those – your voice can persuade and remind fans and followers to exercise their power to vote.


 

 

Audio Messages


Your fans listen when you speak, and your encouragement can help move people to register and vote this fall. The key points are:


-    Voting matters! Your voice matters.

-    You must be registered before you can vote

-    For registration information, go to vote.gov

-    Vote – with friends.  (Research indicates people – especially young people - are more likely to vote when it’s a social activity and/or they sense that others in their peer group are voting).


We have provided some sample copy below, but feel free to put these messages into your own words (and of course, identify yourself in the message).  Please keep it non-partisan - while you can endorse candidates on your personal platforms, endorsement of specific candidates or parties carries all sorts of legal problems for broadcast media.


Record as many messages as you like, but please record at least one from each of the three categories below:


A.   Register - for listeners/fans who live in states that allow online registration (39 states do).
B.    Register - for listeners/fans who live in other states. 
C.   Vote!

When done, please send your file (preferably .wav or mp3) to info@yougotta.vote and we’ll post it right away!

 

A. Register (online states)

•    If you want to change things, you gotta vote.
     If you want things to keep going the way they are, you gotta vote.
     And in order to vote, you gotta be registered.
     Go to vote.gov to register to vote!

•    Jobs. Equality. Fairness. Freedom. America’s future. Those are just a few of the things at stake in the election    this fall. Make sure your voice is heard. Register to vote, or confirm you’re registered, at vote.gov. It’s fast.

•    If you want to determine what happens in America, you gotta vote. You have to be registered to vote, so go to     

vote.gov to register or confirm your registration. 

•    You can register online to vote.  It’s easy. Go to vote.gov to register.

•    You’ve got the power…IF you vote. Register to vote at vote.gov…it’s quick and easy.


•    If you want to have a say in what happens in America, you gotta be registered and vote this fall. To register            online, or confirm that you’re already registered, just go to vote.gov.
 

B. Register (all other states)

•    If you want to change things, you gotta vote.
     If you want things to keep going the way they are, you gotta vote.
     And in order to vote, you must be registered.
     Go to vote.gov for registration information.

•    Jobs. Equality. Fairness. Freedom. The future of the country. Those are just a few of the things at stake in the      elections this fall. Make sure your voice is heard. Get registered to vote now…go to vote.gov. 

•    If you want to determine what happens in America, you gotta vote. You have to be registered to vote, so go to      vote.gov for registration information.  

•    You can register to vote in person or by mail. Go to vote.gov to find out how

•    You’ve got the power…IF you vote. So be sure you’re registered to vote…go to vote.gov

•    If you want to have a say in what happens in America, you gotta be registered and vote this fall. To register            online, or confirm that you’re already registered, just go to vote.gov.
 

C. Vote!

•    If you want to change things, you gotta vote.
     If you want things to keep going the way they are, you gotta vote.
     Make sure you’re registered, and then vote November 3rd/tomorrow.

•    Jobs. Equality. Fairness. Freedom. America’s future. Those are just a few of the things at stake in the election      this fall. Make sure your voice is heard. It’s important that you vote November 3rd/tomorrow.

•    Grab your friends and go vote tomorrow/on November 3rd….it really affects your future. 

•    If you want to determine what happens in America, you gotta vote. Go to vote.gov to register or confirm your        registration, then be sure to vote November 3rd/tomorrow.

•    Voting is one of the easiest and most important things you can do. Be sure to vote November 3rd/tomorrow.

•    You’ve got the power…IF you vote. Register to vote at vote.gov…it’s quick and easy.


•    If you want to have a say in what happens in America, you gotta vote. Remember to vote November                        3rd/tomorrow, and remind your friends…make it social. 
 

Social Media
 

As an artist, the power of your social media is enormous.  Please remind your followers and fans to register (send them to vote.gov for information in their state) and, of course, to vote.  
 

Don’t forget that people are more likely to vote when it’s a social thing.  If they vote, their friends will be more likely to vote (and vice versa).   They’re also more likely to vote when they realize their vote matters and can support things they believe in, whether that’s equality, fairness, jobs, etc.  Their vote can help make America a better place. 
 

Remember also that you can endorse specific candidates on your own platforms if you choose to. 


If you have any ideas or messages you’d like to share with us, please email info@yougotta.vote
 

If you’re curious about registration and voting policies and deadlines around the country, click here. 

 

 

Thanks! 
We know you have enormous demands on your time and energy and we appreciate you carving out a slot to do this. We thank you, and democracy thanks you!

 

 

Get in Touch

Got questions, ideas, comments, contributions?

Email -

info@yougotta.vote

Call -

Alan Burns (251)243-1592

Joel Denver (310)457-6616

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