Voting is more fun with friends so what better way to kickoff the buzz around Midterm Election Day (November 6th 2018) than by hosting a Ballot Party?
A ballot party takes place anytime the week before Election Day. The goal is to get together to decide who you’ll vote for in the upcoming election. It is typically hosted at your home, but you can always meet up at a local bar, park, or coffee house. It can be small and intimate with a guest list of just 3-5 people, or large and raucous with more than 15 people.
You don’t need to be an expert in order to host a Ballot Party -- just use a trusted Voter Guide as your reference. A Ballot Party is a great way to help encourage voting while having fun with your friends. Here’s everything you need for a successful party:
Sample ballots or a “bring to the ballot” worksheet (guests with mail-in ballots can bring those)
Clipboards or large books to write on
Copies of a Voter Guide (or a link for guests to access from their phone)
Internet access to look up questions on candidates and key issues
First, fill out your mail-in ballot or a “bring to the ballot” worksheet. You can assign each person to read through the Voter Guide about a particular office and make a recommendation to the group.
Once you know who you’re voting for, watch something inspiring and patriotic like American President or old episodes of The West Wing
Voting Trivia Game - winner gets a donation to their favorite candidate
Flag cookie decorating
Post a picture of your party on social media to encourage others to vote! #MidtermsMatter
Extra Credit: Phone or Text Bank for a candidate or cause on the upcoming ballot during your party
Extra Credit: Each guest texts 5 people to remind them to vote and offers to share their voting picks
MUSIC: Spotify has countless Voting and Election Day playlists to choose from.
Obama’s Arugula Salad
Hillary’s I’m With Her(o) Sandwiches
Make America Grape Again grapes
Bush’s Heckuva Job Brownies
Flag fruit salad (blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream)
Red, white and blue balloons
American flag cocktail napkins
USA toothpick flags
Stars and stripes paper straws (environmentally friendly, too!)
Poster of Donald Trump for motivation (free download)
Take-Home Party Favors: