Politics. The topic everyone tries to avoid, yet can’t seem to get enough of. The big topic of discussion today is the first official debate taking place at 9 p.m. EST night between the democratic and republican nominees, Clinton and Trump. Will you be tuning in?
With the election just over a month away, it’s a good time to learn more about where the candidates stand so you can make an informed decision when you head to the polls in November. Which speaking of, are you registered to vote? If not, the deadline to register is coming up! Be sure to check out your state’s deadlines (and important election-related dates) here.
But if you’re not ready to be bothered with figuring out out who you’re voting for as America’s president just yet, let’s chat about a much more fun election.. one with Peanuts!
Peanuts Rock the Vote Campaign
Actress Nikki DeLoach is one of the celebs on board with Peanuts’ Rock the Vote initiative, and she recently gave us the low-down on the initiative. Here’s what you need to know:
The Peanuts Rocks the Vote campaign began in 1990 as a partnership between Peanuts and Rock the Vote, helping young people to register to vote. Since Charles Schulz (the creator of Peanuts) included political themes throughout the comic strip for decades, Peanuts wanted to do their part to help people get involved with politics/voting.
When you visit the Peanuts Rocks the Vote site, you can participate in the mock presidential election among the Peanuts characters (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and Franklin) by reading their bios and platforms, and then casting your vote. Then, right there on the website, there’s a button that says “Register,” and when you click on that, Rock the Vote will help you register to vote in your location.
In addition to getting yourself registered to vote, Peanuts also has some educational materials for teachers and kids (grades K-8), providing kids with a fun way to get involved with the issues of elections, campaign promises, polling, and candidate platforms. Fun fact: When I was in 5th grade, my teacher gave us an assignment to watch the presidential debate. While I didn’t fully comprehend all of the things being discussed while watching, it was a great conversation starter and really opened my eyes to politics early on!
If you’re in California (or planning to be soon), the Schulz Museum in California has two special election-themed exhibits on display that you can check out now:
- Snoopy Presents: Lucky Dogs and Presidential Pets: Features photos and fun facts about presidential pets. The exhibit goes all the way back to George Washington’s hunting hounds and Thomas Jefferson’s riding horses, and it also includes presidential pets you probably never heard about, like President John Quincy Adams’ pet alligator, who lived in the White House in an unfinished East Room bathtub!
- Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington: Focuses on the intersection of politics with Charles Schulz and Peanuts. You can see some of Schulz’s correspondence with several American presidents, including a 1980 letter from Ronald Reagan, who was then in the middle of his own presidential campaign. Reagan jokingly wrote, “Anything you can do to talk Snoopy out of running will be appreciated. How would he feel about a cabinet post?”
As a Peanuts ambassador, I’m excited to be giving away a fun election-themed prize pack to one lucky winner, which will include one of the four styles of t-shirts below plus the Snoopy for President book and You’re Not Elected Charlie Brown DVD! Open to U.S. residents 18+.
Are you registered to vote? Which Peanuts character would you vote for to be the next president?