Photo Gallery: National Voter Registration Day at Tisch WNET Studios
Judy Moy | September 29, 2016
On Wednesday, September 27, WNET partnered with National Voter Registration Day and opened up our broadcast studios to the public from 12–8pm for voter registration, live music and documentary screenings. We had lots of admirers of our beautiful TISH WNET studio, which was embellished with reproductions of vintage election posters for the event. Many of our staff at THIRTEEN volunteered to help with the event, and several staff members took the opportunity to register to vote themselves.
Annika Leybold, Research Assistant to the President and CEO at WNET, registered to vote at the event because she recently moved to New York. “I register and vote in every election because it is the most effective way to express myself politically and hold politicians accountable for their actions,” she added. “So many women and people of color fought for the right to vote that to not do so, I believe, is to waste their work. Especially with the recent upswing of voter suppression in this country, it is crucial for people to fight to make their voices heard.”
Members of the community dropped by the event to register to vote and/or listen to one of our many great musical talents.
VH1 Save The Music Foundation provided the first band, comprised of students from WHEELS — Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School. The trio (Isaiah Thompson on drums,Danilo Concepcion and Felix Beltre on guitars) played a set of jazz and latin music. The second act, was guitarist/singer Uton Onyejekwe, who performed favorite classics. The third act, a young New Jersey band called Sunflower, wowed the audience with their original psychedelic folk tunes.
The public expressed their appreciation to the staff for hosting the event throughout the day. We were able to register over 25 new voters and assist many others in answering questions about the registration process. Every vote counts!
Voter Registration Day September 27, 2016 at The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center. Photo: Joe Sinnott/WNET
Judy Moy is Senior Production Manager at WNET. She also produces live events for the public at the Tisch WNET Studios, such as WNET's first Open Mic Night, Swing with Thirteen and National Voter Registration Day.