Variety show to raise money for voter safety, access will feature Jennifer Lawrence, George Lopez, Sia
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A variety show to raise money for voter safety and voter access in the 2020 election will go live on Sunday, featuring actress Jennifer Lawrence, comedian George Lopez, singer Sia and other celebrities. 

The virtual gala fundraiser organized by the nonpartisan organization RepresentUs aims to raise $2 million during the live event for the VoteSafe campaign ahead of the November elections. The show entitled “United to Save the Vote” will be shown over Zoom at 8 p.m. Eastern time 

“United to Save the Vote,” hosted by actor Ed Helms, will “playfully educate attendees on topics like gerrymandering, voting by mail, and more through sketches and performances,” according to a release. 

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The fundraiser is free to view but viewers will be “encouraged” to make a donation to VoteSafe during the live show.  

The donations go to VoteSafe efforts to protect the election this year by ensuring absentee and safe in-person voting, increasing trust in mail-in voting and ensuring that every vote is counted and “that everyone knows it will take a week - not a day - to get the results.”

“‘United to Save the Vote’ relays a vital strategy to protect the 2020 election and ensure it remains free and fair, interspersed between a fast-paced music and comedy variety show featuring A-list entertainers and musical acts,” a release said. 

 VoteSafe is chaired by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge (R) and former Governor Michigan Jennifer Granholm (D).

The variety show will also feature performances by Dave Matthews Band, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Scott, Nick Kroll, Jake Johnson, Kenny G, Ben Harper and others. 

The show was written by Matt O’Brien, the head writer at Conan, and produced by Broadway producers Tara Smith Swibel and Brian Swibel.