(Washington, DC) Tomorrow, May 21, former Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and The Roots’ Questlove will join When We All Vote, a national nonpartisan organization launched by Michelle Obama, for their first statewide Couch Party to text 250,000 Pennsylvania voters about registering to vote and requesting their mail-in ballots to vote-by-mail in the June 2 primary. Volunteers will use Outvote, a web and mobile organizing platform, to reach voters.
When We All Vote started hosting its virtual #CouchParty in March with special guests including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and DJ D-Nice to give supporters a chance to ensure their communities are registered and ready to vote from the comfort of their home. These events reached thousands of people on a national scale, and tomorrow Pennsylvania will have its own #CouchParty to spread the word about how to vote in Pennsylvania’s primary election safely and get ready for the general election in November.
This is the first year every voter in Pennsylvania can vote-by-mail, and it is critical that voters know how to make their voices heard without risking their health or their family’s health. All Pennsylvanians, and those who have friends and family members in Pennsylvania, are invited to join the #CouchParty and can RSVP participate HERE: weall.vote/pa-couchparty.
With the #CouchParty, When We All Vote is convening key partners and leaders across Pennsylvania to spread the word about voting options, including how to safely vote-by-mail during the #CouchParty and through a week of action to follow. Partners in this effort to mobilize around the approaching vote-by-mail deadlines include: NAACP Philadelphia, NAACP Pittsburgh, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Urban League of Philadelphia and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, Black Tech Nation, VEEEM Pittsburgh, PennFuture, NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter.
ABOUT When We All Vote:
When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. Launched by Michelle Obama, the organization is committed to closing the race and age voting gap and empowering all eligible voters to cast their ballot by harnessing grassroots energy, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital organizing strategies, with the ultimate goal of changing the culture around voting.
Michelle Obama is joined in this effort by fellow Co-Chairs Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Rita Wilson.
In the leadup to the 2018 Midterm Elections, When We All Vote organized over 2,500 local voter registration events across the country, engaged 200 million Americans online about the significance of voting, and texted nearly four million voters the resources to register and get out to vote.
In 2020, When We All Vote is helping to lead in voter education, registration and volunteer engagement. In response to COVID-19, When We All Vote is leading the fight for fair and safe elections by supporting the expansion of access to vote-by-mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration so every American can make their voices heard on Election Day.