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Election Ambassadors Corps

According to The Next Mayor’s Tom Ferrick, 70 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds either didn't vote or even register from 2010 to 2015. To encourage more young people to get into the game, the Committee of Seventy is continuing its ELECTION AMBASSADOR PROGRAM, offering area high school students the opportunity to observe polling places, learn about the electoral process and help ensure a smooth experience for voters on Election Day. More than 700 students participated in the past three elections, assisting voters with questions about voting procedures and conducting an exit survey about possible election modernization reforms. View the results below.

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Student teams are also encouraged to recover pictures of sample ballots and other partisan literature outside polling places. These powerful tools are used by campaigns, political parties and others to provide suggested ballot selections and are particularly effective for down ballot races with which many voters are unfamiliar.

If you're interested in offering the Election Ambassador Corps as an opportunity at your school, contact Patrick Christmas at pchristmas@seventy.org.

Teachers or students interested in viewing the training presentation can find it on Prezi. Download the November 2016 Election Ambassador Handbook here. Think you have what it takes to be an ambassador? Find out.

Gauging Voters' Opinions of Election Reform

 

Students are provided with a brief script to administer the survey with background information on the reforms covered by the questions. Seventy's position on any given reform is not mentioned in the script and students are urged not to influence respondents in any way. Given the limited and nonrandom sample size, only rough generalizations may be gleaned from the results.

 

NOVEMBER 8, 2016 EXIT SURVEY RESULTS FROM ~1700 RESPONDENTS:

1) Optional vote by mail: Would you support allowing voters the option to request and submit absentee ballots before Election Day without offering a reason or excuse?

YES - 67%
NO - 27%
UNCERTAIN - 6%

2) Early voting: Would you support allowing voters the option to vote for a certain period before Election Day at a select number of early voting locations? YES - 77%
NO - 16%
​UNCERTAIN - 6%
3) Redistricting reform: Would you support amending the PA Constitution to create an independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission responsible for drawing Congressional and state legislative districts? YES - 59%
NO - 19%
​UNCERTAIN - 22%
 
April 26, 2016 Exit Survey Results from ~1500 respondents:
1) Optional vote by mail: Would you support allowing voters the option to request and submit absentee ballots before Election Day without offering a reason or excuse? YES - 55%
NO - 34%
UNCERTAIN - 11%
2) Early voting: Would you support allowing voters the option to vote for a certain period before Election Day at a select number of early voting locations? YES - 60%
NO - 31%
UNCERTAIN - 9%
3) Redistricting reformWould you support amending the PA Constitution to create an independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission responsible for drawing Congressional and state legislative districts? YES - 49%
NO - 26%
UNCERTAIN - 26%
4) Open primaries: Would you support allowing independent and third party voters to vote in primary elections? YES - 63%
NO - 28%
UNCERTAIN - 9%
5) Youth pre-registration: Would you support allowing young people aged 16 and 17 the opportunity to preregister to vote? (Voters must still be 18 or older to cast a ballot.)  YES - 76%
NO - 19%
UNCERTAIN - 5%

NOVEMBER 3, 2015 EXIT SURVEY RESULTS FROM ~700 RESPONDENTS:
1) Optional Vote by Mail: Would you support allowing voters the option to request and submit absentee ballots before Election Day without offering a reason or excuse?

YES - 57%
NO - 36%
UNCERTAIN - 7%

2) Early Voting: Would you support allowing voters the option to vote for a certain period before Election Day at a select number of early voting locations? YES - 80%
NO - 17%
UNCERTAIN - 4%
3) Open Primaries: Would you support allowing independent and third party voters to vote in primary elections? YES - 70%
NO - 24%
UNCERTAIN - 6%

May 19, 2015 Exit Survey Results from ~900 respondents:
1) Online voter registration: Would you support allowing eligible voters to register to vote online?

YES - 66%
NO - 27%
UNCERTAIN - 7%

2) Open primaries: Would you support allowing independent and third party voters to vote in primary elections? YES - 66%
NO - 22%
UNCERTAIN - 12%
3) Nonpartisan elections: Would you support having nonpartisan elections? YES - 49%
NO - 40%
UNCERTAIN - 11%

 
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GOTV "Get Out The Vote" Meme Contest

Students serving as Election Ambassadors are eligible and encouraged to submit nonpartisan social media posts encouraging people to turn out on Election Day to the GOTV Meme Contest.

Students submitting the top performing meme on each platform – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram –will win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble; second place performers will win $15 certificates. (Only students serving as Ambassadors are eligible to participate. No contestant can win more than two certificates.)

Contest Rules

1) Create an original and school/family-appropriate social media meme encouraging people to vote. There are plenty of tools online for creating memes.

2) Post your meme on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram any time from 7AM on November 1 to 8PM on November 8 when polls close on Election Day. You can try as many different memes and postings as you’d like during the contest period. (Paying for the promotion of posts is not allowed.)

3) Self-report your top performing memes (most likes or favorites) on each social media platform by sending screenshots of your post to futureofthecity@seventy.org by 8PM on November 8

Students must remember to make sure you screenshot your posts ahead of the 8PM deadline! And to follow Seventy on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Election Ambassador Schools

 
Lesson planning around the election?

Take a look at this shortlist of civic resources, most of which are for grades 9-12. We've also prepared some readings and questions around local elections and politics. Teachers are invited to use these resources as they see fit. For questions or feedback, contact Patrick Christmas at pchristmas@seventy.org.

For more information about the Election Ambassador Corps, contact Patrick Christmas at pchristmas@seventy.org or 215-557-3600, ext. 114.