Simple idea based on Wal-Mart greeters: have volunteer polling station greeters welcome everyone as they arrive at the polling station and thank them for voting when they leave. Great role for youth, especially those too young to participate by voting. Think about the visual of the voters of tomorrow welcoming us and thanking us for exercising the right to vote. After all, it's their future we're voting on. Volunteer... 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)
Election and Information Services Division should include a polling station at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre for its homeless clients. .
Track potential first time voters, and when they vote, celebrate at the voting station. At minimum thank them, ideally find fun ways to acknowledge what could be considered a rite of passage that is publicly celebrated. Whether it is balloons, cake, or a sticker, bells ringing etc acknowledge them. Engage a youth focus group to help come up with ideas about how to celebrate in person, and celebrate online. Consider having... more »
Host Candidate Information sessions on the current role of Councillor and the governance process in an open forum in the Atrium. Provide online resources on the role with references to the Municipal Government Act. Engage retired or retiring Councillors to share information and stories. Have candidates answer a short survey on why they are running, and post answers on the City's website, in addition to any links to their... more »
In the United States, the 'Rock the Vote' movement hosts events and creates awareness for upcoming elections, candidates and issues, with the goal of getting people out to the polls. Perhaps we could consider the opposite, a rockin' celebration held after the election, open only to people who cast a vote and received a ticket or unique confirmation number at their polling station. Moreover, the party only happens if... more »