August 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM
Rock the Vote, a non-partisan voter advocacy group, will make a stop at Penn State on Sept. 19 as part of its ‘Road Trip 2012’ bus tour, according to a press release Wednesday.
Soft rock musician Jack Johnson will perform at the Penn State stop, which is the last stop of a tour that begins Aug. 28 in Saint Leo, Fla. near the Republican National Convention. Alternative, blues and hip-hop band G. Love and alternative rock band Animal Liberation Orchestra, or ALO, will also perform at Penn State, according to the release.
Rock the Vote President Heather Smith said in the release that the road trip is a vital part of the group’s national campaign to register young voters and encourage them to cast a ballot this November.
“Politicians understand just how powerful the youth vote can be,” Smith said in the release. “By bringing together the latest technology and some of the best artists out there, this road trip will ensure that young people nationwide have the information they need to make their voices heard in this election.”
The bus tour is designed to encourage young people to engage in the political process in the face of voting restrictions across the country, according to the press release. Pennsylvania’s expanded voter identification law, which will require voters to present a valid, photo ID with an expiration date before casting their ballots, is set to take effect this November. Penn State isn’t the tour’s only stop in the state – it will visit Villanova on Sept. 18.
Rock the Vote has a goal of registering 1.5 million voters and increasing youth turnout at the polls. In advance of the 2008 presidential election, the group registered more than 2.2 million voters, according to the release. Laptop kiosks will allow people to register to vote and learn about the voting process at the tour’s stops.