Voter Experience

Voter Experience

“How might we improve the voter experience so that the next Municipal election has the highest voter turnout in Calgary’s history?”

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)

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Voter Experience

Voting Parties - Not Party Voting

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 »

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2.60
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Voter Experience

Flashmob Tchotchkies and Kudos! Earned media events

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 »

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2.13
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Voter Experience

Pokemon-Go-Vote

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 »

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3.20
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Voter Experience

Votoken - i.e. "Tag, your'e it.. now go vote"

A physical or digital "token" gets passed from one person who votes to the next person that they challenge to vote. Kind of like a chain letter, this would create a positive social pressure to "keep the chain going" and get more people out to vote. (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 »

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3.73
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Voter Experience

The right to vote - Stop messing in the weeds and think BIG!!!

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!)

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3.50
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