Chance the Rapper Marches Thousands of Voters to the Polls in Chicago [VIDEO]
Chance the Rapper marched a crowd of hundreds through the streets of the Loop in Chicago to join the lines of early voters following a free concert, Parade to the Polls in Grant Park yesterday (Nov. 7). With the two groups of voters together, the line stretched for four city blocks, according to ABC 7.
Lil Chano had partnered with community activists and the NAACP for its #StayWokeAndVote campaign, as well as with his non-profit organization, SocialWorks, Virgin Hotels Chicago and the TurboVote Challenge for the get-out-to vote campaign.
“This is a nonpartisan event but I want you to bring all that energy [to the polls],” he told the crowd.
According to ABC 7, Cook County officials said early voting numbers for 2016 smashed records set in 2008. Pre-Election Day voting reached over 438,212 ballots as of about 8 p.m. Monday, the previous record was 273,661 ballots in 2012.
Chance joins a number of other artists who are encouraging millennials to vote, including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Big Sean and YG , who is giving out free "F--- Donald Trump" bagels in his home state of California to anyone who can prove that they voted.
Watch clips of the momentous march Chance led to the polls below. The election is today (Nov. 8). Click here to find a polling location near you.