Election day in the United States is coming up in just one month, on Tuesday, November 3rd. And with early and mail-in voting, it actually has already started. Voting is fundamental to democracy, which is also a core ideal of Star Trek and the United Federation of Planets. This week a number of Star Trek stars across the franchise have joined a new non-partisan, nonprofit group of Trek fans and veterans to help ensure a fair and ethical election.
Trek The Vote
The new group Trek The Vote launched this week with the stated goal of “Trekkies organizing for fair and ethical elections.” The group has already brought in a number of Star Trek stars, who appear as their original characters in a video that sends out a call to action from Starfleet to help in the 2020 election. The “Trek the Vote” intro video includes Gates McFadden (TNG: Dr. Beverly Crusher), Wil Wheaton (TNG: Wesley Crusher), John Billingsley (ENT: Dr. Phlox), Armin Shimerman (DS9: Quark), Kitty Swink (DS9: Guest star), Hana Hatae (DS9: Molly O’Brien), Robin Curtis (STIII and IV: Lt. Saavik), Andrew Robinson (DS9: Elim Garak), J.G. Hertzler (DS9: General Martok), and Chase Masterson (DS9: Leeta). Also appearing is DS9 showrunner Ira Steven Behr.
Born from a hope for some help from Starfleet
Trek the Vote began a month ago when Seattle filmmaker, musician, and activist (and lifelong Star Trek fan) Tae Phoenix was speaking to a friend about concerns over an election amongst all the challenges that 2020 is presenting, saying, “I wish Starfleet could just beam down and help set things to right.” From that idea was born the thought of organizing Star Trek fans and professionals to create a volunteer network. Phoenix and her immediate circle of organizers had some connections to people in the Star Trek community including Wil Wheaton, Armin Shimerman, and science advisor/writer Andre Bormanis. From there, more were recruited including Chase Masterson, who Phoenix said was very helpful by getting her Pop Culture Hero Coalition involved as well.
Find out what you can do
Phoenix tells TrekMovie that the goal is to “help Trekkies find their lane in volunteering to support election integrity, with a variety of different non-partisan partners.”
Trek the Vote has partnered with groups like Fair Count, Election Protection, Power the Polls, and Poll Hero. Their goal is to work as a clearinghouse to bring in “recruits” and offer up different assignments including getting trained as a professional poll worker, helping attend to basic voter needs, and protecting voter rights.
The following two videos from the Star Trek stars outline the opportunities and what you need to know before your “assignment.”
Find out how you can Trek the Vote
To learn more or to get an assignment, visit TrekThe.Vote.
UPDATE: Not associated with Trek celebrity fundraiser
On Friday after this article was posted the partisan group Act Blue announced a virtual fundraising event featuring a number of Star Trek celebrities using the name “Trek The Vote.” TrekMovie has confirmed with Tae Phoenix that they were not aware of this ahead of time, and her Trek The Vote volunteer group has nothing to do with the fundraiser. She emphasized how TrekThe.Vote was entirely non-partisan and had volunteers from across the spectrum involved.