Tom Hanks Stresses Importance Of Participation At Voter Registration Event In Pittsburgh

'When We Vote' holds event at Soldiers And Sailors in Oakland

September 26, 2018 - 11:24 am

Related: Tom Hanks' Fred Rogers Film Dated For October 2019 Release

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Tuesday night at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland, actor Tom Hanks was joined by Steelers James Conner and Josh Dobbs and Kiya Tomlin, Coach Mike Tomlin’s wife to encourage people to get out and vote this November.

“When We All Vote” is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to increase participation in every election, not just high-profile, national elections.

Tomlin, who is a fashion designer, said that everyone needs to get involved in voting.

“We want all of you to grab five friends and encourage them to get off the sidelines and vote because when we all vote we have a say in the future of our country. Let’s resist becoming a nation of spectators,” said Tomlin.

Hanks spoke last and encouraged people to register and to participate in every election.

“The people who really impact your lives, the folks who can fix potholes and make sure your schools are funded,” said Hanks. “The folks who make sure the traffic lights are timed so traffic is not so miserable in this town of yours.”

Hanks then read the preamble to the Constitution of the United States and talked about the importance the document has on our nation.

“That document is a promise and it is also a challenge to every single American to partake in what that Constitution promises us.”

Hanks has been in the area preparing for the movie “You Are My Friend”. He will play Fred Rogers in the film.

When We All Vote was launched by Co- Chair’s Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

The deadline to vote in the November 6 election is October 9.

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