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Paramore To Hold Voter Registration Drives At US Summer Shows

James Wilson-Taylor
James Wilson-Taylor 21 May 2018 at 10.31

Hayley, Taylor and Zac have partnered with the HeadCount organisation to encourage young people to vote in November's midterm elections.

Paramore are among a group of artists who will be holding voter registration drives at their concerts across the US this summer.

The band have partnered with HeadCount, a non-partisan organisation that works with entertainers to promote participation in democracy and get young people registered to vote in time for the midterm elections that take place this November.

Singer Hayley Williams confirmed the news in a short press statement:

"We're partnering with HeadCount to give people a chance to register to vote before midterm elections. 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 will also be present at tours this summer from Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, G-Eazy and David Byrne as well as more than 40 summer festivals including Lollapalooza and Warped Tour.

According to the US census bureau, less than half of eligible voters under 30 voted in the 2016 US Presidential Election. At the 2014 midterms, turnout was even lower with just 19.9% of Americans aged 18-49 taking part. HeadCount has over 20,000 volunteers registering voters at 25 events per week, with an even larger aim of getting 90% of US high schools to hold registration drives during this academic year.

Get more information on HeadCount and their current list of events on their official website here.

Paramore will begin their US tour, with support from Foster The People, on June 12th in St Augustine, Florida.

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