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« on: March 02, 2004 06:32:11 AM »

utne magazine has some suggestions...

free beer/espresso/sweets at the polls

discounts with an "i voted" sticker at cafes/bakeries/etc. on election day

fines for non-voters (works in australia-95% vote!!)

tax break for voters

free lottery tickets to a national lottery

make election day on a weekend

while most of these would be tough to make happen, we all know some shopowners to suggest discounts to, and anyone involved in their community could set in motion a plan to offer baked goods, etc. at the polls.  or marble magnets
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2004 12:03:36 PM »

man, australia's got a good idea!  who knew!
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2004 10:35:29 AM »

Back in 1992 when I was living in Alaska, the local Subway store had a buy one, get one free deal if you showed your "I voted" sticker! I think my boyfriend and I had subs for lunch and dinner that day!

In Oregon, it's all vote by mail, so there's no way we can do that here sadly.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2004 05:55:25 PM »

hmmm..what about having entertainement at the line-up

I'm a Canadian so I'm not that familiar about what the U.S. voting laws are...but it would be way less of a bummer to wait in line if there was entertainment

-This might be distracting though.....not sure, sounds good on paper (or,um, screen)
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2004 08:45:27 AM »

Back in 1992 when I was living in Alaska, the local Subway store had a buy one, get one free deal if you showed your "I voted" sticker! I think my boyfriend and I had subs for lunch and dinner that day!

In Oregon, it's all vote by mail, so there's no way we can do that here sadly.

All vote by mail? Call me a political dunce, but I didn't know you guys did that. Is your voter turnout higher/lower than the rest of the country?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2004 12:58:10 PM »

HI! Good ideas guys...

i was thinking, you know how you can do those voter-registration booths, and sign people up? (get info at some online organizations like your favorite canditate's website)... if any of you people are going to do this, do it during a show, like get some bands together , and have the booth filled with crafty things (like firefly said) to give out if they register.

also make flyers and post them up a week before your districts is going to vote; get it printed at kinkos or something at 11x14".


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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2004 11:50:41 AM »

I actually work at the polls - I'm the person that initials your ballot.  Sometimes I'm the person that checks the Roster for your name.  ^_^;   

Some of these are wonderful ideas -  I really liked:

- free beer/espresso/sweets at the polls
- discounts with an "i voted" sticker at cafes/bakeries/etc. on election day

These are... pull-offable (well, not the beer, you'd need a liquor licence, and then, only those 21 and over could have it.... espresso and sweets are good for all,) but you'd need people to voulenteer!

I would suggest talking to your local pollworkers if you'd like to do it - they'd probably be thrilled (especially if you gave them some free sweeties!)

And if you're a store owner or a manager - consider the discounts!  That's awsome! (I wouldn't be able to get a discount, 'cause counting the ballots usually takes us 'til 9:00pm, and everything closes.)

These were nice thoughts:

- "but it would be way less of a bummer to wait in line if there was entertainment"

Unfortunately, it would be extremely distracting to some folks.  And I think it would be noisy, and frazzle us poor pollworkers.   Besides, you know *someone* would complain.  Maybe this is better left beyond the 75 foot limit line.

- fines for non-voters (works in australia-95% vote!!)

Unfortunately, I think you really have the right to not vote, too.  Of course, I think you're being derilict in your duties, and really not very American, but... *sigh*.

- tax break for voters

I think we'd all vote on that! Tongue   It's just getting such a thing through Congress!

- free lottery tickets to a national lottery

The lottery works on the fact that you pay into it to get a ticket.  x-x  I think if thousands of folks got a free ticket, it would really screw with the purpose of the lottery.

- make election day on a weekend

Frankly, it would be a worse turnout, I think.  On a work day, you're encouraged to run down to the polls.  On a work day, you get out of bed early.

Plus... it's kind of hard to change what's in the Constitution.  ^_^;


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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2004 03:43:18 PM »

I've been creating postcards with (I think anyway) cool illustrations/political cartoons, color copying them, and leaving them in places that give away "freecards." I put all sorts of voter info on the back, like where to vote in our city, etc, etc and how to register, usually throwing in something humorous. I also leave registration forms alongside them. They disappear in the library and some record stores. I don't know if it's really doing any good, but it's the least preachy way I could think of to get a msg out. :-)
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2004 07:39:48 AM »

I just posted this under another thread....

I just trained to register people to vote (you HAVE to take a class in Delaware) and they told us it is illegal to give away items in exchange for registration.  You have to give it to anyone and everyone.   We are giving out condoms that say "stand up and be counted, Vote!" but we are giving them to everyone, people passing by and what not.

They (voting officials) even told us a story of little old ladies (they said in their 80's or something!) giving away baked goods for registering and they got in trouble!  not serious trouble, but still... It just takes one complaint to void all those registraints!

So please check your state laws! Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2004 07:34:22 AM »

I suspect one of the most effective actions an individual can take to "get out the vote" is simply to talk to the people you know.  You might be surprised how few people you know actually vote when it comes time.  I've been working on my best friend for over 10 incredibly frustrating years now -- he's never felt that participating is worthwhile.  And this is one of the most intelligent people I know (graduated summa cum laude from college, spent two years at Julliard, multi-lingual, blah blah blah).  But this November he's finally voting.  I finally convinced him!

The ideas here to lure people to the polls are all interesting and fun, but I don't think they're enough.  I truly believe that one on one discussions with friends, acquaintances, relatives are going to do more to convince people about the importance of voting than coffee and candy.  I try not to harp too much on my political beliefs when I talk to people, but instead focus on voting itself.  If you don't like the way your country (state, town) functions and you didn't vote, it's your own fault.  So many people forget that.  So keep talking to folks you know.  Strike up conversations with strangers.  Be passionate!  A real person is so much more persuasive than a slogan!
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2008 05:33:50 AM »

man, australia's got a good idea!  who knew!

*cough* Australia has lots of good Idea's thank you.

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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2008 08:42:41 PM »

Hey everyone~
Please stay on the topic of IDEAS for getting people to vote, not your political views. I have already deleted some post for being off topic.
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