Sorry, other celebrities. Kerry Washington just won Voter Registration Day

Kerry Washington
“Scandal” star Kerry Washington is encouraging Americans to vote on National Voter Registration Day.
(Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press)

Naturally, Kerry Washington has National Voter Registration Day handled.

The Emmy acting nominee is one of many celebrities observing the patriotic event ahead of the presidential election. And her clever scheme to boost civic engagement would make her beloved “Scandal” character, Olivia Pope, proud.

“SCANDAL THE MOVIE,” Washington teased Tuesday on Twitter, sharing a steamy gif of Olivia kissing her secret lover, fictional President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn), in the hit Shonda Rhimes drama. “Click the link for more info...”


But those who fall for the bait, hoping for more details about Olivia Pope’s big-screen debut, are instead redirected to the When We All Vote website and encouraged to register before November. (To be clear: There is no “Scandal” movie in the works — at least for now.)

When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization, has tapped several big names — including Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya, Tracee Ellis Ross, DJ Khaled, Jeezy, Fat Joe and H.E.R. — in an effort to influence people to do their civic duty. On Tuesday morning, former First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an Instagram Live takeover for When We All Vote, advising Americans on how to prepare for the ballot, with help from some famous guests.

Former President Barack Obama also urged the public to “make a plan to vote” and “make sure everybody you know does too.” Other stars celebrating National Voter Registration Day include Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Usher, Billy Porter, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ava DuVernay, Patrick Dempsey, Mark Ruffalo, Eva Longoria, Jimmy Kimmel, Ryan Reynolds, Camila Cabello, Rachel Lindsay, Mindy Kaling, Common, Jimmy Fallon and more.

“If this doesn’t make you check your registration, mail or walk-in your vote RIGHT NOW, then track your vote to make sure it’s counted, I don’t know what else you need to hear,” DuVernay tweeted along with a viral video of President Trump falsely stating that COVID-19 “affects virtually nobody.” As of Tuesday, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the United States.

See how other celebrities are using their platforms below.