Canada’s next federal election takes place October 19, 2015. For anyone who hasn’t voted before, that raises a lot of questions. How do I vote? What happens when I arrive at the voting station? What do I need to bring?

We’re inviting you to get familiar and comfortable with the Voting Station experience before Election Day. Come to a VoteKit Live Event, co-hosted with the Calgary Public Library. Volunteers will welcome you to our simulated Voting Stations, walk you through to the ballot box and answer questions along the way.

Join us for a VoteKit Live event at a Calgary Library location!

Monday, September 14, 2015, 6:30-8:00pm – Judith Umbach Library, 6617 Centre Street N, Calgary

Friday, September 18, 2015, 11:00am-12:30pm – Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm – Saddletowne Library, 7556 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm – Shawnessy Library, 300, 333 Shawville Blvd SE, Calgary

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm – Crowfoot Library, 8665 Nose Hill Drive NW, Calgary

Host your own Pop-up Voting event

If you missed our August 2015 Workshop on how to host your own Pop-up Voting event for your fellow community association members, your coworkers, the people your organization serves or even a group of friends and neighbours, you can download Samara Canada’s handy Vote Pop Up Kit and start planning today! And don’t forget the Calgary Foundation’s Stepping Stones grant program is designed to support community initiatives like this.

See how it works

Talk About Voting

At our past VoteKit Live events, we asked participants for their first political memory or their past experience with voting. Here are some highlights, along with full sound clips.
“When I turn eighteen, I was too excited to go for voting… when they ask for me for ID, I was like, ‘oh, wow, I didn’t bring any ID because I didn’t know I need to’… because I thought it was a small village where everyone knows each other, so… I don’t know, I was being silly, I just didn’t think of it.”
“Our family never talked about politics at the kitchen table… and we never had a sign on our lawn. I actually don’t remember my parents going to vote, although I know they did… in our family, that we raised, we talk about politics at the kitchen table all the time.”
Listen to more here.

Recording your Voting Stories

Thanks to Sam Hester for this graphic recording.
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