The right to exercise your vote isn’t something you just talk about—it’s something you do. The stakes are higher than ever this year, with overt threats to free and fair elections.
“Vote and the choice is yours” is how Hollywood icons Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh, and Sidney Poitier said it in 1964. This early TV commercial comes from the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive at the University of Oklahoma. It was featured in The 90’s Election Special episode, “It’s Debate-able.”
Archives like Media Burn, committed to expanding diversity of expression, preserve these kinds of moments in public life as only film/video can. With just a few weeks before November 3rd, we hope to say it the other way around: “Yours is the choice to vote.”