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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.

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

Learn more about Vote PopUps at engagedemocracy.ca/vote-popup

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

Vote PopUps Across Waterloo Region

Partners across Waterloo Region are hosting Vote PopUps as part of public events or in their facilities in August and September 2019.

Planning to attend any of these events or locations? Look for a Vote PopUp booth!

Check this space in early October to see the results of the Vote PopUps.
 

Event and/or Host Date Time Location Vote PopUp Host
Waterloo Fest September 5, 2019 4-7:30pm Uptown Waterloo Public Square City of Waterloo
Waterloo Fest September 5, 2019 4-7:30pm Uptown Waterloo Public Square THEMUSEUM
30th Annual Community CornFest September 7, 2019 5:30-9:30pm Warner Mennonite Church
1725 Beaverdale Rd, Cambridge
PowerShiftWR / WGSI
Idea Exchange - Clemen's Mills September 10, 2019 4-8pm 50 Saginaw Parkway, Cambridge Idea Exchange
Idea Exchange - Queen's Square September 11, 2019 4-8pm 1 North Square, Cambridge Idea Exchange
Idea Exhange - Preston September 12, 2019 4-8pm 435 King St. E., Cambridge Idea Exchange
Idea Exchange - Hespeler September13, 2019 1-4pm 5 Tanner St E., Cambridge Idea Exchange
Newcomer Day Cambridge September 17, 2019 3-8pm Cambridge City Hall,
50 Dickson St, Cambridge
City of Cambridge
Doors Open Waterloo September 21, 2019 10am-12pm Mennonite Central Committee Ontario,
50 Kent Ave, Kitchener
Mennonite Central Committee Ontario
Kitchener Public Library - Central September 24, 2019 1-2pm and 3:30-5pm 85 Queen St. N., Kitchener Kitchener Public Library
Langs September 24, 2019 4:30-7pm 1145 Concession Rd., Cambridge Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region
Kitchener Public Library - Central September 25, 2019 2-3pm 85 Queen St. N., Kitchener Kitchener Public Library
Kitchener Public Library - Central September 26, 2019 10-11:30am 85 Queen St. N., Kitchener Kitchener Public Library
Idea Exchange - Queen's Square NFB Film Club "What is Democracy" Screening September 27, 2019 2pm 1 North Square, Cambridge Idea Exchange
THEMUSEUM September 28, 2019 10am-2pm 10 King St. W., Kitchener THEMUSEUM