Elizabeth Warren Takes The Lead In THE GREAT SOCIETY Primary Week 1
With just over 2,500 ballots cast in the first week of voting in the 'Great Society Primary' at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway, theatergoers of The Great Society overwhelmingly chose Senator Elizabeth Warren as the Democratic presidential candidate with 36% of the vote, followed by Vice President Joe Biden (17%), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (15%), Senator Kamala Harris (6%) and Senator Bernie Sanders (6%). As the Republican presidential candidate, theatergoers chose President Donald Trump (4%) over Governor Bill Weld (2%) and Congressman Joe Walsh (0.5%).
The 'Great Society Primary' launched on August 27, 2019, on what would have been President Lyndon B. Johnson's 111th Birthday. All attendees of The Great Society have the opportunity to 'vote' for the candidate they would like to see win either the Democratic or Republican 2020 presidential primary in one of four voting booths in the theater lobby. 'Votes' can also cast online GreatSocietyBroadway.com; results will be shared following each performance at Twitter.com/GreatSocietyBwy.
In addition, The Great Society will host a series of voter registration events in partnership with FairVote, NYC Votes and Young Invincibles in an effort to support voter registration and turnout on Broadway. For the list of upcoming events, click here. Each event will take place in the lobby of the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 W 65th Street).
On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, landmark federal legislation that prohibits racial discrimination in voting, which took effect during the height of the civil rights movement in the United States. Designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Act secured the right to vote for racial minorities throughout the country, especially in the South. The Act is considered to be the most effective piece of federal civil rights legislation ever enacted in the country.
Capturing Johnson's attempts to build a just society for all, The Great Society follows his triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later. It was an era that would define history forever: the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the escalation of the Vietnam War, and the creation of some of the greatest social programs America has ever known-and one man was at the center of it all: LBJ.
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