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Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls initiative is encouraging young women to vote with a new video, Smart Girls Vote!
The video is directed by Sarah Ullman and produced by Maggie Chieffo for Smart Girls in conjunction with the California Secretary of State’s office. Smart Girls, founded by Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, is an organization dedicated to helping and encouraging young people.
In addition to the video, Smart Girls is partnering with a 16-year-old artist named Gracie Lee Pekrul on a series of #WhyIVote illustrations to encourage people to share their #WhyIVote stories. The first series was released Oct. 22.
Walker is also chaperoning students from the Ann Richards School for Young Women leaders when they walk from school to the polls on election day. And she co-emceed a nonpartisan GOTV “poll party” event Saturday. Actress Connie Britton also attended the event.
The organization is also supporting a teen-run nonpartisan Get Out the Vote activation called Midterms Matter.
Poehler isn’t the only Hollywood figure working to get people to vote. Jodie Foster, Tea Leoni, Cher, Laverne Cox, Sophia Bush, Ellen Pompeo, Constance Wu and Lily Tomlin are just a few of the stars who starred in an ad calling on women to vote in the midterms. The ad, which was directed by Foster, produced by Mike Bloomberg and RadicalMedia and funded by Independence USA PAC, was released Tuesday. Additionally, Freeform has teamed up with media company ATTN: for the campaign “March to the Polls,” which encourages young adults to vote.
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