Rock the Vote with Peanuts + Giveaway

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!

Rock the Vote 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.

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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! 

Schulz Museum

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?”

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Giveaway Time!

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 DVDOpen to U.S. residents 18+. 

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Are you registered to vote? Which Peanuts character would you vote for to be the next president? 

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  • Aw I love this! It’s SO important to get out there and vote, especially in this year’s election.

    • Same! It’s a shame that so many people brush it off!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    What a very cool initiative!

  • This is adorable! Voting is incredibly important, and having the Peanuts gang there to cheer everyone on is a great way to get more people involved.

    • Thanks, Natalie! I think we’d all prefer a Peanuts election :)

  • Abbey Phipps

    This is so cute! Woodstock would certainly get my vote! :)

    • I think he’d be great! Such an underrated pick!

  • Colleen

    Very cute! I teach high school government so a little young for them, but still very cute idea!

    • Thanks, Colleen! Maybe you can apply something similar in your classroom – they have some great teacher resources you could probably use with the real candidates!

  • Heather Serra

    This giveaway is right up my alley!! I LOVE the peanuts! I’d totally vote for Snoopy! <3

  • I love the Peanuts!!! I would totally vote for Lucy. She’d get stuff done! Or maybe Sally and her sweet Baboo.

  • This is so great for kids to learn more about voting and participate in a mock-vote! I’d definitely vote for Snoopy! ;)

  • I love the Peanuts! And the idea of a mock vote to get kids involved! So smart!

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  • So cute! Great way to get kids involved or have a little fun with politics. I know one thing, that I CANNOT wait until the election is over!

    • You and me both, Jackie! I’d much rather have a Peanuts election :)

  • sharon wu
  • I would totally vote for Woodstock and Snoopy lol.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • Lilies + Lambs

    Such an adorable idea! We love the Peanuts gang over here!

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    • Isn’t it?! I think it’s so important to teach kids about this stuff early on.

  • Lauren

    I would vote for Linus.

    • Aww, Linus! I think he’d be the underdog, but a good option!

  • Justine Y

    I would probably vote for Linus, he’s well-informed and empathetic. Love this giveaway! So fun, we all love Peanuts in our house. :)

    • Thanks, Justine! I think he’d be a good candidate too :)

  • Ellie W

    Snoopy for President!

  • Allyson Becker

    I voted for Linus, since he specializes in security issues. He has had his security blanket for years!

  • Oh my goodness! I NEEEEEED to win this giveaway! I love those shirts!

    • Oh, and I would vote for Linus. He is informed, passionate, and caring.

      • Good luck, Kristin! I think Linus would do great as prez!

  • Jessica Hughes

    What a fun giveaway! I LOVE Peanuts!

  • Wow. What a great idea! I live on the other edge of the world but Peanuts are famous toot here. Snoopy for President!

    • I love how Peanuts is so big all over the world across all age groups!

  • Candy Kage

    Snoopy and Peanuts are always a favorite. Wonderful idea.

    • Agreed! Plus, it’s a fun way to get kids (and adults) involved!

  • Woodstock would definitely get my vote!

  • This is too cute! Love snoopy of course! :)

  • Such a cute idea! Snoopy and Woodstock are both adorable!

  • Snoopy, definitely snoopy!

  • Jamie Dalton

    This is a really cool idea! I like that it brings it down to terms that kids will understand and be interested in plus is easy to register on. Genius!

    • Exactly! Plus, it gives us a nice break from all the craziness of the real election!

  • Neely

    Such a great campaign! Woodstock for me!

    • I think so too! Woodstock seems to be a really popular pick!

  • Snoopy for sure! I would love to see Woodstock as the VP :)

  • Shakeia Rieux

    Snoopy would get my vote

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Snoopy would get my vote!

  • Julie Waldron

    Linus is my favorite but Lucy would get my vote.

    • Maybe a Lucy/Linus team? I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them!

  • tannawings

    I would vote for Woodstock. He doesnt say anything and is sweet.
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  • Kristen

    I”d vote for Sally.

    • I think she’d really get down to business!

      • Kristen

        Yes, she’s tenacious and I’m pretty sure she could be a good diplomat. :)

  • Emily Ducatte

    I would vote for linus

  • Kelly McGrew

    i’d vote for Sally