News of celebrities making entertaining, attention-grabbing pleas to the public (especially the younger demographic) to get out and vote is nothing new. Wh0 could forget previous star-backed campaigns like MTV’s Rock the Vote, P. Diddy‘s mildly threatening Vote or Die or Leonardo DiCaprio‘s “whatever, man” Vote 4 Stuff? Now, Rainn Wilson (that’s “Dwight” to fans of The Office), has offered his services to a campaign that isn’t striving to make voting cool (or pitch it as an alternative to death), but hopes to get more Americans to cast ballots by making the whole process into less of a “pain in the ass.”
How, you ask? By turning Election Day into a national holiday so that people who spend their days slaving away for, say, a paper company wouldn’t have to cram voting into an already-busy day packed with workplace priorities. In the clip, sponsored by SoulPancake and GOOD Magazine, Wilson plays a poll worker who turns away a prospective voter.
So what do you think, readers? A compelling argument, or just a funny ad? Would making Election Day a national holiday inspire the country to give this landscape-changing occasion the reverence it deserves, or would it just inspire people to crack a beer a bit earlier in the day? Would it help busy people get out and vote, or would it still leave many (like lower income workers who may not actually get the day off) behind? Lots to consider here, and we’d love to hear from you.