Rich Howells

VIDEO: Bands and young voters talk about the 2016 election at Vans Warped Tour in Scranton

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When the Vans Warped Tour made its annual stop at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Monday, July 11, HeadCount asked young voters and bands playing the festival what they think about the 2016 presidential election, what issues matter to them, and who they will be voting for in November, producing a variety of reactions and opinions.

The video features clips from interviews with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman as well as members of Reel Big Fish, Masked Intruder, Sleeping with Sirens, The Interrupters, Mother Feather, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Every Time I Die.

HeadCount, “a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit that registers voters at concerts and music festivals,” has registered nearly 30,000 new voters this year, including over 2,000 at the Warped Tour, and more than 350,000 voters since the organization was founded in 2004. Based in New York City, they have worked with everyone from Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart to Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band on tours and social media campaigns.

Whether you’re voting for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or a third party candidate like Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, it’s good to see young people engaged in the political process, even if some still have a few things to learn about it.