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Celebrities go nude for PSA on naked ballots

Celebrities including Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer are stripping down for a revealing new public service announcement (PSA) aimed at raising awareness about so-called naked ballots.

“I know what you’re thinking — you’re thinking, Ruffalo, put your clothes on,” actor Mark Ruffalo, appearing sans shirt, says into the camera in the video released Wednesday from the anti-corruption nonprofit, RepresentUs.

“If you don’t do exactly as I tell you,” Silverman says, “then your ballot could get thrown out.”

The au naturel Hollywood stars bring viewers’ attention to laws in 16 states that require voters to insert their mail-in ballots into two separate envelopes in order to be counted.

“Naked ballots — you don’t want one of those!” comedian Chelsea Handler exclaims.

Other entertainers featured in the unclothed PSA include: Tiffany Haddish, model Naomi Campbell, “Frozen’s” Josh Gad, Sacha Baron Cohen as his character, Borat, and Ryan Michelle Bathe. 

“This is not a partisan issue; it affects all people planning to vote by mail,” RepresentUS co-founder and CEO Josh Silver said in a statement. “We’re grateful to this committed and talented group for making an eye-catching video so that everyone understands what they need to do to ensure their vote is counted.”

Last week, a trio of female politicians from Pittsburgh went topless for their own awareness campaign about naked ballots, warning Pennsylvania voters to make sure their mail-in ballots get counted.

“Immediately when I heard the term naked ballots, and being a woman in the male-dominated environment of politics, where they are always trying to control our bodies, I thought, ‘Why not take some control back? And also get the voters’ attention,” Bethany Hallam, a Democratic councilwoman at large for Allegheny County, told the Guardian.

Mail-in voting is expected to see a surge this year as many voters seek to limit their potential exposure to the coronavirus.

Tags 2020 2020 election absentee ballots absentee voting Amy Schumer mail-in ballots Mark Ruffalo naked ballots Sarah Silverman Vote by Mail

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