Jesse Williams Appears in Powerful New Voter Registration PSA (VIDEO)
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Jesse Williams Appears in Powerful New Voter Registration PSA (VIDEO)

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The 2016 presidential election is rapidly approaching, and Jesse Williams is one of the celebrities urging Americans to participate and make their voices heard come November 8.

The 35-year-old actor and activist appears in a new PSA from Save the Day, a “short form digital production company dedicated to the idea that voting is necessary and heroic act.”

In the video, Jesse counters popular arguments for voter apathy.

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“If someone says, ‘Democracy is a sham, those people don’t speak for me, the system is rigged,’ you say, ‘Vote,’” he says.

“Someone says, ‘Well, it doesn’t make a difference. This state is red, that state is blue, this thing is already a lock,’ you say, ‘Vote.’

“Someone says, ‘Hey, I’m making a statement by not voting,’ and then you say, ‘Well, I can’t hear it.’”

And it’s so much more than deciding who sits in the Oval Office, as the Grey’s Anatomy star says. If you don’t register to vote, you can’t sit on a jury or vote for your mayor, your city council, or your district attorney.

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“This government was designed to be changed,” he continues. “You can either make that change or you can take what little they give you. Democracy is not a sham. It’s a job. It’s our job. And it took too g—ddamn long to get it to just let it slide.”

“You say, ‘Vote,’” he says, turning to face us directly, “because there are people who still don’t want you to.”

To register to vote, visit the Save the Day website.