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Vote Pop Ups


Vote PopUps WR 2019

Ahead of the fall 2019 federal election, PowerShiftWR partnered with Ryerson's Democratic Engagement Exchange and local organizations to run Vote PopUps - a simulated voting activity that demystifies the voting process and engages our community in discussion about the issues that matter most.

Thirteen local organizations ran 28 Vote PopUps in our community which collected 569 ballots.
See the results below.

Archived Vote Pop Ups Materials can be found here.  

The amazing local partners who participated were: Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), City of Cambridge, City of Waterloo, Conrad Grebel University College Student Council, Crawford and Company Canada, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, Independent Living Centre, Idea Exchange, Kitchener Public Library, MCC Ontario, THEMUSEUM, Wanner Mennonite Church and Waterloo Public Library. Thank you for your engagement and support!

Vote PopUps took place at in public spaces, at film screenings, in schools, at festivals and community gatherings. Staff and volunteers from the partner organizations engaged the public in a discussion about the issues that matter most to them and invited them to vote on an issues-based ballot. The issues on the ballot were determined by consensus with the partner organizations, the public was also given the option to write in an issue.


Environment got the most votes with 157, followed by Education with 131, Housing with 86, Equity with 43, Arts & Culture with 41 and Reconciliation with 18. 

*Other write ins accounted for 41 votes. The issues written in were (some ballots had more than one write in): aviation, economy (3), children and family programs for vulnerable people, lower taxes (2), national pharmacare, technology, foreign affais, proportional representation, data rights, immigration (3), distribution of wealth, people getting out of jail, guns, healthcare, sportsplex, deficit, financial inequality, electoral reform, taxation, equality, poverty, legal cannabis, seniors mental health housing, federal debt, water, hospital/health, food security and small business help.

**Fifty-two ballots had something other than one clear choice marked. People chose to make multiple choices, make a choice and add a write in and to rank the choices.  


About Vote PopIps

What is Vote PopUp? It is a toolkit to ignite interest in elections and demystify the voting process for first-time and infrequent voters. It was initially developed by the Samara Centre for Democracy in partnership with Elections Canada and launched in July 2015. In the last federal election 8 million Canadians eligible to vote chose not to. A disproportionate number of non-voters are young, racialized, marginalized, or a combination of the three.  Vote PopUp aims to change this.

How does it work? During elections, the Democratic Engagement Exchange creates a toolkit for community organizations and civic leaders that is available for free download and offers training for staff and volunteers interested in hosting a Vote PopUp in their community.  The toolkit includes everything needed to create a simulated polling place (ballot box, voting screens, sample ballots) and a guide describing best practices. To date, the toolkit and training has been adapted for use with Elections Canada, Elections Ontario and Elections BC and have been downloaded by over 500 people in over 100 towns and cities across Canada. Over 300 community groups held a Vote PopUp, attended a training session or access the kit.

Watch a quick video about how Vote PopUps work below or on Facebook. 

Learn more about Vote PopUps at