Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Vice President Mark Mauceri sent us some great photos from their recent election, including the one above of three youngsters enjoying LFNC’s polling place at Fire Station 35. The “Fire Chief” hats the girls are wearing have LFNC’s Election logo on them, and are an excellent Elections giveaway item for a couple of reasons. First, people who got the hats were much more likely to post on social media about the election while it was happening, because they were posting selfies in the hats. In addition, the hats are also a nice keepsake, which continues to promote LFNC every time a child takes theirs out of the toy box. You can adapt this idea to create unique, memorable promotional items for your own Neighborhood Council Elections that your voters will want to share photos of and keep.
South Robertson Neighborhood Council created a memorable Election Day experience for the whole family by having their election at the SoRo Street Festival, which they co-sponsor annually with the SoRo Community Foundation. Nicely branded signage like that shown in the images above directed voters to the booth where elections were taking place, while local families – most of whom were able to walk to the event from their homes – enjoyed rides; live DJs; free tree giveaways; and booths featuring local vendors and organizations. Staging a party or event around your own Council’s Election Day helps foster a sense of community, and gives your stakeholders an extra incentive to spend their weekend or evening at your election. If you also place clear calls to action branded with your own Council’s logos and website like South Robertson did, you can draw in passersby who are eligible to vote in your election, but who may not yet have heard about your Neighborhood Council.
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