A mobile voting bus (like a bookmobile) would make schedules stops at locations like nursing homes or hospitals to allow all people to vote without barriers. People can board the bus or request an election officer bring in the voting iPad so their vote counts. They could also be transit voting buses stationed at major transit terminals to help commuters vote. (This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of... more »
Note: This challenge is now complete and the summary documents are available to learn more: Hand off Presentation, Data Analytics, and Scenarios
In the 2013 municipal election, only 39.43% of eligible voters participated in the general election. This is compared to a turnout of 53.39% in the 2010 election. That means 2 out of 3 eligible voters did not cast a ballot. The City has piloted new ways of improving that experience like the Advance Vote Bus, but we are looking for other creative ways to engage more people in the future.
Challenge Champion: Sue Gray (Director, City Clerks)
Engaging youth in the civic political process, schools, agencies, or individuals can prepare and implement a campaign around an issue that's important to them in the city. This inspires youth to research and organizes around important issues in the city, and to increase civic engagement from the next generations of voters. The program would include some kind of granting system to help them initiate a media campaign,... more »
This could take a few different forms. But the core idea is to take advantage of immersive social games tools to encourage people to find poling stations, visit those stations, and generate buzz around visiting them. Games like Pokémon-Go make a profit off using public space for their game-play. Would their developers be willing to help create buzz on election day by positioning better characters, gyms and caches near... more »
Pass legislation that guarantees the right to vote at every level of the political process. This would force all kinds of barriers to change.
(This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of a Civic Innovation YYC "Idea Lab" session which used this topic as the focus for the event! If you were part of that session or would like to stay connected for updates, comment below!)
Launch of an Education program to low voter turnout districts. Undertake a data analysis of low voter turnout districts (i.e. demographic analysis and open data?) Development of targeted education programs to those communities. (i.e. candidate information created by a third party. Community centers. High schools. University. College. Senior Centres...) (This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of the Calgary... more »
Challenge - we need volunteers to work with the elections office to identify ways to make voting fun & people friendly for people who are new to the process. We want to work with those volunteers to design unique and experimental advertising and tools for that purpose. (This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of a Civic Innovation YYC "Idea Lab" session which used this topic as the focus for the event! If... more »
Build a network of people who want to descend on various poling stations with treats and little take away/s. No branding. No company recognition. No taking credit. The benefit would be potential buzz and earned media attention on election day. (This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of a Civic Innovation YYC "Idea Lab" session which used this topic as the focus for the event! If you were part of that... more »