WBEZ | rock the vote election 2012 http://www.wbez.org/tags/rock-vote-election-2012 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Wanna Rock the Vote? First, check the calendar! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-10/wanna-rock-vote-first-check-calendar-102893 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1Rock-the-Vote-logo.jpg" style="height: 570px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div></div><p>Launched in the early &rsquo;90s with a mission &ldquo;to engage and build political power for young people in our country,&rdquo; Rock the Vote has long been allied with MTV, and the campaign can be seen as that vapid network&rsquo;s goodwill effort to offset the damage it does to our culture with crap like <em>Jersey Shore</em> and <em>Teen Mom.</em></p><p>As in past elections, the emphasis from the allegedly nonpartisan not-for-profit is on voter registration. From its official hype sheet: &ldquo;Our 2012-election program will aim to register 1.5 million individuals to vote and ensure that they have the information they need to cast a ballot on November 6, 2012.&rdquo;</p><p>Well, they got the date for Election Day right. But take a look at the Chicago event <a href="http://www.rockthevote.com/events/road-trip-chicago.html">the Rock the Vote Website</a> is touting for its &ldquo;Road Trip 2012&rdquo;:</p><blockquote><p>The #RTVRoadtrip is heading your way! We&#39;ll be pulling up and unloading at Columbia College in Chicago, IL on Friday, October 12th from 12:00-4:00 pm for an awesome event that will include live music, voter registration, a peek at the new Assassins Creed III, beverages from MiO, and much more.</p><p>We hope you&#39;ll stop by and register to vote, get your picture snapped, grab some free stuff, groove to music, and loads more! Will you meet us in Chicago? Let us know and <a href="http://www.rockthevote.com/events/road-trip-chicago.html">RSVP here</a>.</p></blockquote><p>The problem with this: <a href="http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation.aspx?ID=15">The last day to register as a voter in the state of Illinois is Oct. 9.</a> But why let that get in the way of a party flouting a violent video game and a &ldquo;liquid water enhancer?&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/register.aspx">(The actual facts on registering to vote in Illinois can be found here.)</a></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1RTVbus.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div></p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 07:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-10/wanna-rock-vote-first-check-calendar-102893