Surprise: Many Rock the Vote Celebs Didn't Vote in 2010 Midterms

Posted: Nov 03, 2014 8:00 PM

In case you missed Rock the Vote’s video this year, celebrities such as Lena Dunham, Sophia Bush, and Ireland Baldwin explain in a parody of Lil Jon’s “Turn Out for What” why they’re going to vote in the midterm elections. The group bills itself as a non-partisan organization seeking to drive the youth vote, but it’s really about as liberal as you can get, as Cortney has already explained.

It probably comes as no surprise, then, that at least five of the celebrities in the video didn’t even vote in the last midterm election.

Didn't vote in the last midterm elections? It turns out many of the celebrities pressuring young people to vote in tomorrow's off-year elections didn't cast a ballot last time, either.

According to the Washington Post at least five stars who participated in a recent Rock the Vote video urging youth to exercise their franchise didn't bother to show up to the polls themselves in 2010.

View co-host Whoppi Goldberg, Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, Glee's Darren Criss, Girls creator Lena Dunham and Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star E.J. Johnson did not vote in the last midterm election, the Post discovered.

Dunham admittedly voted for her 'first time' in 2012 when she cast her ballot for President Barack Obama.

However, the Post said it couldn't find evidence in the New York and Los Angeles voting records that her cohorts in the PSA visited the ballot box four years ago, either.

Others celebs who made cameos in the Rock the Vote campaign may not have voted, the Post said, noting that it was unable to find information for musician Lil Jon and six others who appeared in the election-themed video.

Asked about the apparent hypocrisy displayed by the celebrities who were determined not to have took part in the last midterm election, a spokeswoman for non-profit Rock the Vote said the stars had committed to voting this time around, and that's all that matters.

Interestingly, a recent Harvard University poll found that 51 percent of millennial voters prefer Congress to be controlled by Republicans compared to 47 percent who said they preferred it to be controlled by Democrats.