The band is looking ahead to the elections – and getting its fans registered and into polling booths come November.

Pearl Jam posted a “call to action” on its Web site August 17, offering free tickets to fans willing to sign up voters prior to the band’s shows.

“As you know, this is a big election year and we want to get as many people out to the polls as possible in November. Some of you may be aware that as part of our US tour, we are participating in voter registration,” the statement began.

Potential volunteers are asked to man registration booths in front of the concert venues from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in exchange for one free ticket to the show. The Web site was swamped with responses and more than enough volunteers had signed up by the morning of August 18.

The Pearl Jam volunteers have until October 10 to register voters for the November 7 general election. The band is on the road until September 5, then takes a break before starting up again October 4, giving the registration drive five more pre-show opportunities before the deadline.

Pearl Jam ends the outing in its hometown of Seattle November 5, just in time to vote.