HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that works with musicians to register fans to vote at concerts and music festivals. As the year comes to a close, HeadCount revealed which tours registered the most voters.
Voting was a hot topic during 2018, with the midterm elections taking place in November. Before the midterm election, only 30 percent of millennials were expected to vote. Artists such as Paramore partnered with HeadCount to register fans to vote during their summer tour.
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“We’re partnering with HeadCount to give people a chance to register to vote before midterm elections,” singer Hayley Williams said in a statement at the time. “They’ll be at the shows all summer, and we’d like to encourage young people coming out to take this chance to make their presence known and their convictions noted.”
HeadCount also partnered with Warped Tour and Lollapalooza along with 40 different music festivals to register as many people as possible before the midterm elections in November.
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s tour also made the top 10, as well as artists such as G-Eazy, Cake and the Decemberists. A full list of the top 10 tours that registered the most voters can be seen below.
2018 was a record year for us. This week we’ll share a bunch of Top 10 lists. Here are the tours where we registered the most voters!
— HeadCount (@HeadCountOrg) December 10, 2018
Other ways voter registration was encouraged
Several musicians such as Taylor Swift encouraged their fans to register and vote leading into the elections. Swift even went as far to endorse a candidate in her home state of Tennessee, breaking her long-held political silence. After her post? Voter registration increased by 65,000 a day later.
In addition, the #iVoted initiative partnered with artists to offer more than 100 free concerts in the U.S. Artists included Good Charlotte, Like Pacific, boygenius and more. To enter the contest, fans had to take a picture at their polling place or with their sticker proving their voted then tagging @ivoted concerts on Instagram.
Just a week before the election, a poll from Harvard University Institute of Politics said that around 40 percent of millennials were planning to vote.