Communities and Elections

Our February CDLI Meet-up hosted a conversation related to exploring the role of communities in elections and the role of elections in communities. The following resources were highlighted to help communities become more connected to the political process and to support these three aspects of engagement:

  1. Voter participation – increase access, decrease barriers (infuse element of fun)
  2. Informed choice – raise ability to make choices based on broad community interest rather than individual interest, create opportunities for dialogue to increase knowledge of issues.
  3. Communities making a difference need for ongoing engagement rather than short-term election time. Clarifying community vision and being organized will help to mobilize more effectively during elections.  

Votekit – non-partisan, Calgary-based, focus on sharing info and removing barriers to voting
VoteKit Calgary on Facebook
@Votekit on TwitterApathy is Boring – national, non-partisan, youth focus
apathyisboring.comSamara Canada – national, non-partisan, voter engagement/strengthening democracy focus – see especially Democracy Talks (which VoteKit will be hosting/promoting) and The Real Outsiders report on why Canadians don’t vote (which informs part of our efforts at VoteKit)MomsVote – national, non-partisan, focus is getting Moms engaged in community and politics and – both initiatives curated by Grant Neufeld; we have yet to touch base with Grant to see whether he’ll be compiling info provincially and federally

Civic Literacy Curriculum

The Education Commission of the States has collaborated with a number of partners to develop a resource:  Six Proven Practices for effective Civic Learning, outlining practical activities  for the classroom along with links to quality resources.

ToolsRyan Valley