Can HSAN Get Hip Hop Fans To Vote?

Russell Simmon’s Hip-Hop Summit Action Network descended on the UIC Pavilion Saturday, during which several panelists, artists and organizations spent much of the time discussing issues surrounding the world of hip-hop. Matthew Lurie of the Chicago Tribune was there and spoke with Curtis Gans, director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, who is skeptical about the HSAN’s influence. “People don’t vote because hip-hoppers tell them to vote,” Gans said in a telephone interview. “The effort is a well-meaning one, which may get some more people registered… But it’s the politics that drive people to vote.”

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