Stars from multiple shows on The CW are joining forces for a new campaign aimed at getting the network's young audience to urge lawmakers to "remove barriers to voting."
In the new public service announcement (PSA) released Thursday and obtained exclusively by ITK, actors including "The Flash's" Grant Gustin, Olivia Liang from "Kung Fu" and "Stargirl's" Brec Bassinger tout the power of voting.
"For over 50 years, the Voting Rights Act has helped remove barriers to voting," the performers say.
"It's time for our leaders to come together again to update the law and ensure that all eligible Americans can vote," they say.
"Call your representatives and senators and tell them to unite to support our freedom to vote," the actors tell viewers in the 30-second spot.
Kennedy McMann from "Nancy Drew," Coby Bell of "Walker" fame, "Dynasty's" Liz Gillies, Danielle Rose Russell from "Legacies" and Camrus Johnson from "Batwoman" are among some of the other entertainers who appear in the PSA.
Last week, CW announced the launch of its "Freedom to Vote" initiative in partnership with the nonprofit Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and Vote.org. The network described the campaign as a nonpartisan effort aimed at promoting "eligible voter protection" and curbing voter suppression.
Through the campaign, CW chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz said in a statement, the broadcaster wants "to make sure that those young voters, and every one of the 240 million eligible voters, can continue to be able to make their voices heard in future national, state and local elections."
The video's release came a day after Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFixing Congress requires fixing how it legislates Beware the tea party of the left Bottom line MORE (D-N.Y.) set up a September debate on a sweeping election reform bill dubbed the For the People Act, after Senate Republicans had blocked an attempt by Democrats to advance the legislation.
Democrats say the bill is urgently needed in the face of elections reform measures passed or advanced in multiple GOP-led states after last year's elections. Critics say the bills in states including Georgia and Texas amount to thinly veiled voter suppression.