Three overlapping groups have been primarily responsible for leading efforts to get out the vote for the 2018 midterm elections: Black people, women, and Jews.
Name a more iconic trio, we’ll wait.
Those groups also have some of the highest levels of voter participation in the country, and could make the difference between a “blue wave” or “red wall” on Tuesday.
Jewish celebrities in particular have used their platforms (and marshaled their ability to induce Jewish guilt) to encouraging Americans to vote. Some have endorsed a particular candidate, others have just urged the importance of taking advantage of the right to vote.
This year has also seen an inspiring number of Jewish candidates, who are likely to bring Jewish representation in Congress to its highest level ever. They, too, have been boosted by Hollywood hotshots, Jewish and not.
It’s worth noting that while we scoured the web for evidence of Jewish celebrities campaigning for any party or ideology, the vast majority have come out for the Democrats. But whether that makes you feel elated or downcast, don’t jump to conclusions just yet — come the first Wednesday in November, most celebrities realize they look just as good wearing red or blue.
Billy Eichner is without doubt the most zealous celebrity getting out the vote in 2018. He has been carrying the entire electorate on his beautiful broad shoulders like a proud Israelite hefting the tabernacle, and for this we are grateful. His “Glam Up The Midterms” initiative has seen him riling up young potential voters alongside the likes of Mandy Moore, Will Ferrell, and Joe Biden. His tireless work to raise voter turnout among millennials has seen him crossing the country to motivate theaters full of young people, screaming into the crevasse that is Twitter, and appearing beguilingly in this video, where an irate-looking Billy is chased down by TMZ. Warning: It’s as partisan as it is curse-filled:
It’s a brave new world when TMZ chases gay, Jewish comedians to interrogate them about voting in the midterms, and with Billy Eichner at the helm we actually like it. He’s worked for more than a year just for Tuesday, November 6. Don’t let Billy down, kids — vote.
Lookie lookie!! #IVoted #BlueWave #MultiplyYourVote pic.twitter.com/6zF8Bb3JhQ— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) November 3, 2018
Our favorite faux-politician has been in recovery after undergoing a mastectomy and three rounds of chemotherapy. That hasn’t stopped her from working with Multiply Your Vote, When We All Vote, and other pro-democracy organizations to raise voter numbers. Don’t let Our Lady of Curly Haired Success down — make a plan to vote.
As we all know, for decades Sarah Silverman’s main beat was fart-jokes and raunch. Now, she’s a freaking white knight for the most cherished American values, genuinely reaching across the aisle on her show “I Love You, America.” You better believe she devoted an episode to a Social Studies report-esque explanation of the problem with our democracy when it comes to voting, and got in a joke about being “barren,” too:
Every vote is not created equal. New episode now streaming: https://t.co/CSzRLNHBBW #ILYAmerica pic.twitter.com/cgiqiPHz0J— I Love You America (@ilyamerica) November 3, 2018
Don’t sleep on the hysterically funny Lister-Jones, who’s been campaigning her tokhes off.
There is still time to EDUCATE yourself before you wreck yourself. Get out there - tomorrow is the day! #Midterms #TwoWokeGirls Starring: @aparnapkin & @ZachNoeTowers @whohahadotcom https://t.co/WeWdomI4PC— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 5, 2018
Jewish comedienne-par-excellence Elizabeth Banks has been getting out the vote, pushing for voter education, and supporting young comedians in the process. And she’s rebooting “Charlie’s Angels.” If Banks can do all that, you can fill out a few boxes.
Knock, knock, UNLV! Today @zconine and I raided dorms and brought students on campus to vote. Not on campus? Find your early vote location here: https://t.co/1qTRBly9y3 pic.twitter.com/tt3tr7nGbI— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) November 3, 2018
Amy Schumer has been knocking on doors — specifically dorm room doors — to get out the vote.
Vote like a bunch of school children were shot and a bunch of other children were put into camps indefinitely bc they werent white and like a journalist was murdered and like you are being lied to daily by rich liars who harass / assault women & wont renounce white supremacy— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) November 2, 2018
The star of “Brooklyn 99” loves joking, but she’s not treating November 6 like a joke at all.
Jewish YouTube sensation Randy Rainbow put his liberal views to song (“Loathing” from the musical “Wicked,” by fellow yid Stephen Schwartz, of course.)
Any long lines at polls?? Send word to @PizzaToThePolls ! They’ll send free pizza! https://t.co/LpVfnH2Chn— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 5, 2018
Outspoken liberal Debra Messing has canvassed, marched, shared her views far and wide, starred in videos promoting voting, and, finally, has had pizza sent to the polls.
I’ve been especially moved by the millions of young people in the United States and around the world who have found their collective voice and are demanding to be heard. They are more interested in building bridges than walls. They are the very definition of hope. pic.twitter.com/6NkkWoxkfL— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) November 2, 2018
Not content just to release a single addressing the president of the United States, Babs has continued to preach the gospel of voting even as she does publicity for her brand new alum. And she’s 76. And our critic called the new album “astonishingly good.”
What a fantastic profile by the great Jamil Smith! #voteblue https://t.co/KKnhUGZRJr— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 31, 2018
You can say what you will about Dunham — but through a longterm health crisis and major surgery she’s continued to push voter turnout, writing postcards urging young people to vote when she couldn’t be more mobile.
pic.twitter.com/vCBgBvVMnD— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) November 5, 2018
Rachel Bloom isn’t just releasing and promoting the final season of her show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the CW, she also took her entire team canvassing near West Covina for Gil Cisneros. How crazy is that?
Let’s do this ladies! #neverthelessshevoted pic.twitter.com/JJzwg6AaEh— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 1, 2018
Chelsea Handler and her brother co-wrote an article about women’s health in the lead up to the election; she’ll also be participating in a telethon on Monday night to get out the vote. Like Rachel Bloom, she campaigned for Gil Cisneros and like Oprah, she knocked on doors. She canvassed for Katie Porter, spoke about her desire to unseat Devin Nunes, and has been supporting democratic candidates in Kansas, West Virginia, and Ohio. Chelsea gets a lot of hate — but how much are you doing to support the candidates you believe in?
Regal as ever and promoting a much-hyped new movie, Natalie Portman still found time to knock on doors in Texas.
And here are some of the Jewish candidates who’ve directly received celebrity endorsements:
Lauren Baer (FL-18)
This former advisor to Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, now running in a purplish Congressional district in South Florida, received a fundraising boost from comedian (and Trump Twitter enemy) Rosie O’Donnell.
Join me in supporting Lauren Baer via @actblue https://t.co/ZPPwqTkRzc— ROSIE (@Rosie) May 7, 2018
Rep. Jacky Rosen (Nevada)
This Las Vegas synagogue-president-turned-congresswoman-turned-Senate-candidate has been endorsed by Schumer as well as actress and activist America Ferrera, who helped rally volunteers at Rosen’s campaign HQ last month.
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Vegas turned out!!! 1️⃣- ? person selfie w @nevadastatecollege students organizing w/ #somosmas for their campus’ early voting site! 2️⃣- Canvassing for @rosenfornevada & @rephorsford who will help Dems win back the majority in the House & Senate when they win their elections! And @nelsonaraujonv for Secretary of State who will keep elections fair for Nevadans! Go canvass for them! We need them all to win! 3️⃣- Dying inside with queens @saltnpepaofficial at amazing @unlv rally (@barackobama was also there) 4️⃣- My ride-or-die GOTV partners for a decade @elsamariecollins @ryanpierswilliams Thank you Vegas! Dallas, here I come!!
Dean Phillips (MN-3)
Phillips, running for Congress in the suburbs of Minneapolis, has a family celebrity connection: His grandmother was Pauline Phillips, better known as “Dear Abby.” He’s also received donations from celebrities like Streisand and Owen Wilson to help him in one of the nation’s most competitive races.
Rep. Lee Zeldin and Perry Gershon (NY-1)
The only competitive Jew vs. Jew race this year is taking place (where else?) on Long Island. Both sides have tried to bring out celebrity bigshots. Democratic commercial real estate lender Perry Gershon has campaigned in the Hamptons with Long Island native and fake Trump Alec Baldwin, while incumbent Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin has had fundraised headlined by Donald Trump Jr. And the celebrity endorsements don’t stop there: Zeldin is backed by a slew of New York sports legends like Dwight Gooden, while Gershon has the support of “Top Chef” judge Tom Collichio, whose house was defaced in August because of his pro-Gershon yard signs.