Celebrity Get-Out-The-Vote Initiatives Work. Really.

Senator Barack Obama and Diddy

Remember all those people who gave Diddy a hard time when he ran around in that "Vote or Die" shirt during the 2004 presidential election? Remember how they said that kind of celebrity showboating never works and that young voters don't really pay attention when stars like Christina and Beyoncé tell them to go out and vote? Turns out those people were wrong. Researchers from Washington State University surveyed 305 students on campus and found that "celebrities have the power to motivate civic engagement regardless of their own grasp of the issues at hand" and that the star voting initiatives four years ago helped lower complacency among voters 18-25.

So, do you pay attention to celebrity get-out-the-vote campaigns?