Two days in the Land of Lincoln and 400 more pledges to Vote Fearlessly! We just closed down the Rock the Vote booth in the Eco-Village at Northern Illinois U. Passion Pit started playing as we rolled out and the crowd was giddy. They had been dancing all night – and pledging. More than 150 Huskies took the pledge to vote tonight and some had taken advantage of early voting (Early Voting goes until 10/28 in IL – check out Electionland for everything you need to know about voting in your ‘hood).
UNI was great, but it wasn’t our first college town in IL. We experienced Champaign in all it’s Illini glory this week. It’s homecoming at the University of Illinois and the Fighting Illini are hyped for Indiana on Saturday (Though I’d love to – I can’t choose a horse in this race. We’ll be in Bloomington on Saturday, I have to be non-partisan). The quad was slammed with activity. It was all orange and blue and student groups selling pancakes for poverty, raising awareness about Islam, signing up for charity 5Ks, and more. There was even a flash mob.
The Illini brought the homecoming spirit to the arena pledged to vote all night long. At the end, more than 200 students made it clear that they haven’t gone anywhere – these young voters are coming out on November 2nd. Will you?
Thank you Illinois for treating us right. I’ll miss you. Now it’s time for ten hour ride to Vanderbilt. It’s a long trip, but it’ll be worth it. I know we’ll find more young voters pledging to vote fearlessly. And Snoop. Dogg.
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