The AFL-CIO is enlisting celebrities to help get the word out on protecting their vote on Election Day.
The labor federation, which is supporting Democrat Barack Obama, today announced a series of radio ads that will air Saturday through Nov. 4 on urban and Spanish-language radio stations in 16 media markets in swing states.
The ads feature the rapper Ludacris, actor Edward James Olmos, and Judge Mathis and "CSI: NY" actor Hill Harper. The spots remind voters to verify their voter registration and polling place ahead of time, to bring identification to the polls, and to stay in line even if the poll hours end.
"This is a critical election for working families, so we must ensure that citizens know their voting rights and are prepared to do whatever it takes on Election Day to have their votes counted," AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker said in a statement.
The ads are only one of several measures both sides are taking in advance of Election Day in case of problems that plagued voting in places like Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 -- problems that could have determined the outcome.
About Political Intelligence
Glen Johnson is Politics Editor at boston.com and lead blogger for "Political Intelligence." He moved to Massachusetts in the fourth grade, and has covered local, state, and national politics for over 25 years. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.