VoteKit expands initiatives to encourage voter turnout

9 Apr 2015

Information released to the media this morning:

VoteKit Calgary launches campaign to encourage more voters to participate with confidence in 2015 Alberta General Election 

With less than four weeks until Alberta’s 2015 General Election, VoteKit Calgary has launched two initiatives to increase voter turnout.

Earlier this week, VoteKit Calgary initiated 30 Days to Vote, an email campaign that takes would-be voters through everything from voting basics to unbiased information on the election, the candidates, the issues and more.

“It can be hard, maybe even overwhelming, to decide who to vote for if you wait until election day to think about it” says Ellen Cseke, a VoteKit Calgary volunteer. “Through 30 Days to Vote, we’ll send email reminders every few days until Election Day and break down preparing to vote into manageable steps. It’s like spring-training for voters.”

In addition to the email campaign, the group is co-hosting several VoteKit Live events with the Calgary Public Library. These events are aimed at first-time Alberta voters and will allow participants to experience the voting process at four library locations set up to look like official Voting Stations.

“For those who have never voted before, the process can be anything from daunting to downright intimidating”, says Jerry Fawcett, Civic Literacy Librarian at the Calgary Public Library. “VoteKit Live invites Calgarians to get familiar and comfortable with the voting process. Our volunteers will welcome them to our simulated Polling Stations, walk them through to the ballot box and answer questions along the way.”

VoteKit Calgary is composed of a group of volunteers with the single goal of increasing voter turnout. We believe strongly that Calgarians should have access to clear information about how to make their voices heard on Election Day without any partisan slant. For VoteKit Calgary, success means a greater number of Calgarians – and Albertans – exercise their right to vote, regardless of who is elected.

VoteKit Live Events:           

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, Saddletowne Library, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE           

Friday, April 17, 10:00-11:30am, Central Library, 5th Floor, 616 Macleod Tr SE

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8:00pm, Village Square Library, 2623 56 St NE

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-8:00pm, Shawnessy Library, 333 Shawville Blvd SE

 

 

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