Partisan the Sea Party

Throw a big GOTV poster show, invite bands, artists, designers, makers to participate. To cater to the 18-25 year old population (you know…the big chunk of people who don’t vote) you could host this on a college campus or student center. 

Provide detail to level of effort.

Big venue, yet can be an unfinished venue like a warehouse where you could wheatpaste get out the vote posters on the wall, have drinks and not worry about spilling, or noise complaints from the bands.

 

Detailed Description:

  • Collaborate with other organizations in town, some that might have to do with voting/government, but others that might be young professional groups. THROW A BIG OL’ PARTY.
  • Invite designers, artists, makers of any sort to participate. You can have both non-partisan and partisan posters. When we did this in Jacksonville for the 2008 Presidential election, we hung both partisan and non-partisan posters (we actually sectioned off the official AIGA posters from others submitted so there was no confusion.)
  • Invite bands, DJs, some sort of entertainment. Make it the coolest party in town, focus on party first, voting second when promoting this thing. No one who isn’t already voting or interested in politics is going to attend if you call it a Get out The Vote rally, so be creative about it. Make the party free for people who are registered to vote, and have people at the event who can register people. (partner with the League of Women voters for this.)
  • Encourage people to bring someone who isn’t registered. Brainstorm with your younger board members, brainstorm with your student members to see what they actually WOULD attend when it comes to something like this. Maybe even get your student groups to be in charge of planning the party with support from your board?
  • Remember, we’re trying to talk to people who are either not interested, don’t trust politics/politicians, or are ignorant to how voting works, so if we want to avoid throwing a party for ourselves, it’s important that we get others on board. Form a committee of people from all different organizations will help with this—young professional groups, Young Democrats, Young Republicans. There are groups like this on campus that would be willing to work with you to make this event happen.
  • Details here:

Timeline:

Start planning now, host the event in early fall so you can register people at your event in time for the presidential election.

Team members needed / suggested:

Your entire board, or at least a committee dedicated to the event. If you are catering to college students, work with any student groups in your chapter.

Cost estimate / resources needed

Try to get a space donated, warehouse where you can wheatpaste posters is even better, or a building on campus like a student center or all-purpose space for events.

Lessons Learned

Politics and art can be a great mix and bring out a lot of people. If you focus on what younger people actually care about regarding issues, that certainly helps to promote. You can mix this up to be partisan and non-partisan by hanging the posters in separate groups so there is no confusion. Give your members a voice to express who they want for president, it’s ok to mix the two. Try to get everything donated if possible, work with local breweries to get beer donated if it’s off-campus or see if the student govenrment groups can help fund the party.

Tool Advisor / Idea by

Karen Kurycki – karen@cmykaren.com