Friday Fact – How to get people to vote for you: Be on American Idol

A record 74+ million people voted on American Idol during the finale.

Less than 60 million people voted in the 2004 Presidential Election.

Wow. I wonder how much Jordin is going to help get this country on the right track?

Priorities sure are interesting…

One Love. One II.


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

3 responses to “Friday Fact – How to get people to vote for you: Be on American Idol”

  1. super_mujer06 says :

    I am a little skeptical about those American Idol numbers because I think people can vote more than once…If you have ever seen a die-hard American Idol fan you know they are picking up the cell, house, work number…wherever they can call to vote. But point well taken, maybe the candidates should learn to sing 😉

  2. Garlin II says :

    That’s a good point. The follow-up question is, even if people could vote [for President] more than once, would they?

  3. Garlin ll says :

    i like poo

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