Eddie Vedder has joined Instagram to teach fans how to vote by mail in the upcoming US presidential election.
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In the following days, he shared a step-by-step guide to the mail-in voting process. “Hope you’re well and hanging tough in these extraordinary times,” he captioned the first post. “Me, myself? I’m about to go POSTAL!”
Vedder’s Instagram tutorial showed him reading up on an information brochure before showing how to fill in the ballot, sign it and mail it.
He offered his own commentary on mail-in voting and the importance of democracy along the way, telling his followers: “In regards to something so huge as taking part in our democracy and putting your voices to great use, nothing could be easier. And at this intense time of a global pandemic, even more importantly, nothing could be SAFER.”
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This end up.. Foolproof! Whomever is attempting to make this process unclear or ripe for fraud should not be trusted. In Pearl Jam we had to request Absentee Ballots going back to 1992 cause we were always away from home touring. Now the state of Washington has been doing across the board Vote by Mail for over a decade. M.I.T. did a major comprehensive study of Mail in Ballots in the U.S. covering the last twenty years. Hundreds of millions of votes. They found the percentage of false or forged ballots to be .00006 percent. Please, let’s not be confused by the rhetoric being used by certain folks who apparently want less people to vote. Or would rather that you risk your own health and the safety of others when you could be using this tested, tried and true method that’s worked for years.
The musician also shared stats on the safety of mail-in voting, saying: “M.I.T. did a major comprehensive study of Mail in Ballots in the U.S. covering the last twenty years. Hundreds of millions of votes. They found the percentage of false or forged ballots to be .00006 percent.”
The photos Vedder shared were taken in July when he voted in the August primary in Seattle. US citizens can register to vote in the upcoming election, which takes place on November 3, here.
Vedder’s tutorial follows the band launching a new sweepstake to raise funds to help ensure voting access is available this coming November. Anyone that registers will be in with the chance to hang out with Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament in their native Seattle.
Meanwhile, the Pearl Jam star recently spoke to Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily on her mental health web series about the death of the Soundgarden frontman. During the conversation, Vedder also spoke about the various instances of grief he’s experienced, including when nine fans were killed in a stage crush during his band’s 2000 Roskilde Festival set.