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Vote Pop Ups

Power Shift WR is excited to be partnering with Ryerson's Democratic Engagement Exchange to bring Vote PopUps to Waterloo Region ahead of the fall 2019 federal election. 

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.

Learn more about VotePop Ups and download the Tool Kit here. 

Interested in running a Vote PopUp with your organization?
 Please email Kate Pearce at [email protected]