by Mike Andruff
Our friends at @WeVoteNW, invented the envelope idea. Imagine City Hall sending us all a reminder on a utility bill of the forthcoming election, with a gentle nudge to vote. Even better, what if all utility companies did the same, as a public service.
The message on the envelope addresses the first vital behaviour in getting the vote out – scheduling your vote – and is a great initiative we could all benefit from. I am confident that the chances of 209,440 (at least 50% plus 1) people voting in Vancouver would be significantly improved.
So I did the only sensible thing to get the ball rolling, I emailed the Mayor and Council this suggestion (see addresses and sample communication below). I am told the City Clerk now has the file. Stay tuned for evidence of their support, or otherwise. Perhaps it might be prudent for others to support this initiative by emailing, or snail mailing, Council, and while you’re at it, why not include, VanCity Credit Union, BC Hydro, Fortis, Telus, and Shaw.
Then, like on Oscar night, instead of the MC asking for “The Envelope Please.” to determine the winner, on election night we might hear something like, “We can now declare …” and the envelopes will have made a difference!
On November 15th, go to your polling station and VOTE!
re: The Envelope Messaging Initiative for the next civic elections
Please support participatory democracy by using your organization’s envelopes to remind the public of the pending civic elections and include the suggestion, “Please Vote”.
This idea was invented by @WeVoteNW and can be viewed on their Twitter.com page.