There are few things that get Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder out of bed and, it turns out, taking up your constitutional righting and voting is one thing that can make Vedder do anything—even join up to Instagram.
The Pearl Jam singer has long shunned the social media platform and avoided putting himself directly into the limelight through such channels. But it turns out that there’s one thing that Vedder champions more than any feelings about a social media platform—voting. He joined Instagram to teach us all how to vote by post.
Only last week was Vedder joining social media for the first time, proving with his first post (just a set of initials) that he was only destined for good and pure posts. It would seem he’s already kept to that promise by uploading a series of videos explaining how to cast your vote in the presidential election via the postal service.
“GOOD MORNING. Hope you’re all well and hanging tough in these extraordinary times. Me, myself? I’m about to go POSTAL!” said Vedder in his first-ever selfie.
“Lest there by any confusion, here is how simple, secure, and verifiable it is to Vote By Mail… In regards to something so huge as taking part in our democracy and putting your voices to great use, nothing could be easier. And at this intense time of a global pandemic, even more importantly, nothing could be SAFER.”
What followed was a step-by-step guide on how to cast your vote by mail and shows Vedder providing all the direction you need. Shot in July, the images show Vedder voting in the August primary in Seattle, where he lives.
He also highlighted that once you have voted you can grab the digital sticker that says “I voted!”, something Vedder says you should be proud of. “Wear it proud,” he added.
“You’ve just participated in the SINGLE GREATEST FORM OF NON-VIOLENT PROTEST. Your voice will be heard. And speaking as a bit of a singer myself, I know that can be a pretty good feeling.”