Get Out That Vote!

Get Out That Vote!

Thirsty Thursday blog post reminding you to VOTE! #knowledgeresponsibly

The deadline to vote for the primary election is August 1st. Don’t forget to mail your ballot or drop it in a nearby dropbox!

Your vote really matters – in state and local elections just a few hundred votes can make the difference. If you live in Seattle, you’ll be helping to narrow down a crowded mayoral primary from 21 candidates down to 2! Plus, voting to determine whether we should create and fund a cultural access program expanding students and underserved populations’ access to arts, science, and heritage programming in King County, as well as voting on a county Executive and city councilmembers.

The Bus was out this weekend doing our part to make sure young people are turning out for elections large and small.

In order to make politics fun and accessible, we meet young folks where they are – and sometimes that means music festivals! This past weekend the Bus brought out Fellows, interns, and a ton of volunteers to canvass at Capitol Hill Block Party, making sure young folks at the festival were registered to vote and reminding them to turn in their ballots.

In the booth we had a station to make your own buttons, candy, and make-your-own-meme cutouts. While people learned about the Bus and had some fun with us, we made sure their voter registration was up to date, reminded them to turn their ballots in, and engaged them around voting access issues with a survey gauging public support for several strategies that can make voting easier, such as pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, automatic voter registration, pre-paid postage, same-day voter registration and language accessibility. By gathering information on the survey, we hope that we can impact the voting systems and make it more accessible. *And it turns out emojis are a very effective tool of measurement everyone can relate to.

Many people consider politics to be something serious and unapproachable, and we want to break down barriers that prevent people from fully participating in our democracy. We can express our values, achieve our goals, and make our communities better through voting. While we tackle serious issues, we still want to make sure people associate politics with something fun, something they want to be a part of.

Here I ask again, please get out to vote! Voting matters to you. Voting matters to the community. Voting matters to the entire city and state. Let’s make our voices heard!

This blog post was written by the Bus’s Duke Engage interns, Debra and Anqi.

Bus Bash: 10-year Anniversary Concert!

Bus Bash: 10-year Anniversary Concert!

This year is our 10-year anniversary and you know what that means – time to CELEBRATE!

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past decade, it’s how to throw a rockin’ party. We couldn’t celebrate our 10th year with any old regular event.. that’s why this year’s Bus Bash is a concert! Featuring performances by SISTERS, Beverly Crusher, and Nolan Garrett.

All tickets come with dinner and 21+ drinks provided by Pendleton Whisky and Georgetown Brewing. VIP tickets include exclusive event perks, early entry and VIP reception, and automatic entry into our raffle drawing! Co-Host tickets include 2 VIP tickets and a free Bus t-shirt!

Raffle prizes include a Golden Ticket to the The Crocodile (1 free show per month for a whole year!), Argosy Cruises harbor cruise, tickets to Jazz Alley, the Wing Luke Museum, and Comedy Underground, Fran’s Chocolate tour and tasting, and gift certificates to Tom Douglas and Hothouse spa, among others.

Thank you to our sponsors NWP Consulting, Summit Strategy, Advocate Accounting LLC, Moxie Media, Katherine Bobman, and Cerillion N4 Partners; and our Co-Hosts Wendy Graff and Darryl Price, Stephen Aubert, Joann and Matt Grimm, Collin Jergens, Felipe Rodríguez-Flores, Vanesa Gutierrez, Morgan Beach, Alison Mondi, Sonny Nguyen, Chris Lampin, Aaron Robertson, and Estevan Munoz-Howard!

When

Friday, August 11, 2017 from 7pm-11pm

Contact

Interested in joining us a sponsor? Email Crystal Reed at crystal@washingtonbus.org.