Jennifer Lawrence is telling voters to be sure they aren’t being tricked when they show up to vote on November 6.
In 2008, Memphis voted to impose term limits on Mayors and City Council members, implemented choice ranking via instant runoff voting, and increased accountability for city politicians.
Now, city officials are trying to overturn all of these policies, and Jennifer Lawrence, a tried and true member of RepresentUS, the largest anti-corruption group in the U.S., is not standing for it.
Lawrence is calling on voters to say no to the following three charter questions:
I. “Shall the Charter of the City of Memphis, Tennessee be amended to provide no person shall be eligible to hold or to be elected to the office of Mayor or Memphis City Council if any such person has served at any time more than three consecutive four-year terms, except that service by persons elected or appointed to fill unexpired four-year term shall not be counted as a full four-year term?”
2. “Shall the Charter of the City of Memphis, Tennessee be amended to repeal Instant Runoff Voting and to restore the election procedure existing prior to the 2008 amendment for all city offices, and expressly retaining the 1991 federal ruling for persons elected to the Memphis City Council single districts?”
3. “Shall the Charter of the City of Memphis, Tennessee be amended to provide that in any municipal election held as required by law, the candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be declared the winner, thereby eliminating run-off elections?”
“Tell the politicians they work for us.”
The internet is reacting to Lawrence’s message.
If it prompts you to do your homework it’s all good either way
— Mark Scatamacchia (@MarkAScat) October 17, 2018
She’s right, and they do.
— Chris King (@cnking27) October 17, 2018
Very informative. #SaveTermLimits
— U.S. Term Limits (@USTermLimits) October 17, 2018
The world is moving forward. America is not. Still letting old men be our voices. We need to see this country as one or it will splinter and God only knows what will fill the cracks.please people look forward. Lets try to make America livable. You live here too. Vote for change.
— OGgoodeye Ree (@OgAretha) October 19, 2018
Lawrence has spent this year getting the word out about voting, taking a break from appearing on stage and screen.
She told CBS This Morning:
“I got involved because I don’t want to be disgusted by my country’s politics.”
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is taking a break from the big screen and turning her focus to politics. She spoke Tuesday at #Concordia18 about her push to pass statewide anti-corruption laws and increase voter turnout.
“It's more important than ever to get out there” pic.twitter.com/lNtL6mm5LQ
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 27, 2018
Lawrence also appeared in a video for Colorado voters, encouraging them to vote “Yes” on amendments Y & Z, which would prevent politicians from drawing district maps and picking their own voters.
Her message was well-received:
— Jennifer Lawrence (@JLdaily) October 18, 2018
Well, this is interesting and unexpected. Actress Jennifer Lawrence is encouraging Coloradans to vote in favor of Amendments Y&Z. (Both of those ballot Qs regard redistricting and aim to eliminate gerrymandering.) https://t.co/pHo99KhL70 #copolitics
— Sal Christ (@decriture) October 18, 2018
right on Jennifer
— Paul G (@PaulGSCSK12) October 18, 2018
Ok, now I’m voting for Y & Z https://t.co/s6smkVVjdA
— Halloween moved to Nov 6 ♂️ (@matthewconover) October 18, 2018
And in another video for Michigan, once again warning against the dangers of gerrymandering.
“Politicians should NOT be picking voters. Voters should pick the politicians.”
—Jennifer Lawrence (!!!)
“Say no to gerrymandering by voting YES on Proposal 2.”
— VotersNotPoliticians (@NotPoliticians) October 17, 2018
You know your cause is just when ACTUAL KATNISS is doing LITERAL PROPOS on your behalf https://t.co/wc4AXm7Lw7
— Ty Schalter ✌️ #YESon2 (@tyschalter) October 17, 2018
The polls open November 6. The country is counting on you, voters, to keep America by the people, for the people.