Open letter from Jay-Z, et al

I usually don’t post things like this, but I am doing it so I can add that October 6 is the deadline to register to vote in New York, but not necessarily in the rest of the country. Many sites posting alarmist messages about registration deadlines have failed to clarify this distinction. (For example, October 20 is the registration deadline in California.)

I toyed with the idea of posting registration deadlines for each state…But, alas, there are so many hours in the day. If you haven’t registered yet, please search online for the registrar’s office in your state and find out how long you have. Don’t delay — the deadline to register is October 6 in several U.S. states, if not necessarily all of them, so today could be your last day to get it done.

For a good story about voter registration trends, check out today’s piece in the Los Angeles Times.

And, oh yeah, here’s that open letter.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AN OPEN LETTER TO YOUNG AMERICA
FROM DIDDY, SHAWN “JAY-Z” CARTER, MARY J. BLIGE AND KEVIN LILES

WE ARE IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY! YOU MUST REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY, MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008. WE ARE ONLY 30 DAYS AWAY FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN OUR LIFETIME. MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008 IS THE DEADLINE.

We are at war, banks are closing, people are losing their jobs and houses every day. It is our responsibility to protect our futures. Time is running out. You must register by Monday, October 6th. Barack Obama cannot win this election on his own; he needs our help. This election is about us. This election is about our children’s future. If you have not registered to vote, you are disrespecting everyone that sacrificed their lives for you to have the right. You are also disrespecting your future. The time is NOW for us to use the voices with which God has blessed us. We need you to do all you can. Here is what we need to do:

· Register to vote By MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008
· Get as many people as you can to register with you
· Go to the poll and vote on November 4th

Barack Obama said it best, “Eight is Enough.” No longer will we stand by and follow leadership with no regard for us and no accountability to us. We can be the deciding factor in this election, but you must register to vote to make your voice heard. Who are we? We are young America. This is our moment of truth, Are you registered for change? October 6th is here. Make sure that on November 4th, we are able to say that we did everything in our power to make sure that Barack Obama becomes the next President of the United States. We owe this to our children, our parents, our grandparents and ourselves. We need you to become a part of Team Obama.

This is the most important election in our lifetime. REGISTER TO VOTE ON TODAY, MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH and VOTE TO MAKE HISTORY ON NOVEMBER 4TH!

VISIT www.VoteForChange.com to register to vote TODAY! It is our duty to make our voices heard. STOP what you’re dong right now and let’s REGISTER TO VOTE. Time is running out!

God Bless,

Sean “Diddy” Combs
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter
Mary J. Blige
Kevin Liles

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