Coffee Woke Her to Political Freedom

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

[19melissa68 / Flickr] Heather Whittaker goes all out: waterskiing, jumping out of airplanes, and generally being "different." She and her pastor husband Carlos live in Atlanta. Heather is proof that Starbucks's offer of free coffee for voters actually worked. It made her, sheepishly, decide to cast a ballot. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) What ...

Peer Pressure to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Seriously, all the cool kids are doing it. Nineteen-year-old TheMuffinShow says so. Vote. (Hat tip to Sue Salinger.) I'm going. Right now.

Whatever You Do, Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Unconvinced by the chihuahua? Singer and rapper dilliot2k in Atlanta will motivate you to get yourself to the polls. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) Get up and vote.

Chihuahua Sez: Go Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

If you're feeling apathetic or just lazy about casting a ballot, Girlfriend the Chihuahua has a message for you. Courtesy of chuxyux. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) Girlfriend has teeth. So hop to it.

Whipper Snapper Phone Banking for Obama

Posted by Ann | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Have you guys met Henry? No? Well, allow me the pleasure of introducing you. Henry lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves comedy, bowling, Barack Obama, and walleye fishing, but we're thinking he has a future in speech writing. Henry blogs about fishing, contributes to wikiHow, ...

The Maverick Brand

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

DSquid1901, or Bryan Boyce, is a San Francisco film and video artist. (Featured before here.) He has a talent for satire. In this citizen ad, he takes on McCain's "maverick" brand and ties it mischievously to "spreading the wealth." (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Great soundtrack.

A Pastor’s Tips on Voting

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Church and flag [Golden ~Eye~ / Flickr] Jeff Leake is a Steelers fan (he lives in Pittsburgh) and likes reading novels at Borders bookstores. He's also the lead pastor of Allison Park Church and has been asked a lot about the election and how to consider the candidates. Here's a longish excerpt ...

Get Out There and Vote

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

Digital animator and recent college grad Andre Mercier from San Diego took this skyscraper shot in New York City (thanks, Ann Raber). [Andre Mercier / Flickr] Just go and do it.

It’s Not Just About the National Election

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

A Denver-County ballot [Leia / Flickr] The Colorado blogger at ThoughtsOfMyOwn cares hugely about Obama and the national election, but she's also doing her homework on her state candidates and ballot measures. If you're a fellow Coloradan, she'd like you to do the same. (Thanks, Misa Dayson.) A few weeks ago we ...

A Nerd He Can Believe In

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth -- a ballotvoxregular featured here and here -- usually has something to say about whatever the rest of us are talking about. Only he's better at it. This is Jay on the confusion of the economy. He'd like to have "the annoying smart guy" at ...

Register to Vote!

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

If you haven't already registered to vote, you're running out of time. But this voter-registration clown-fairy is here to help. Robert F. W. Whitlock, the photographer, spotted her at at an arts festival in Olympia, Washington. He likes to "bear witness" to the events and movements he sees around him. ...

The Republican Youth Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Many young Republicans appear concerned that their ranks are thinning. Not so Ian Gallagher, UVA student and intern at the university's Center for Politics. He rallied support for McCain during the Virgina primary, and he's not giving up on his generation. He thinks Republican values and votes are there among ...

Vote and Be Heard

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 9th, 2008

[Dean Terry / Flickr] Beth Martin Birky teaches women's studies and English at Goshen College in Indiana. She recalls vividly her sixth-grade entree into electoral politics: "I remember my first voting booth: a cardboard refrigerator box in the hallway of Oak Street Elementary school in Orrville, Ohio." Birky's been a dedicated ...

First-Time Voter

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Twenty-three-year-old Ashley is proud of her 70-year-old grandmother. Who, for the first time, just registered to vote. "Words can't express how proud," Ashley says. (Photo found by Ann Raber.) [ashleyligas / Flickr] Ashley and her grandmother have spent hours together researching the candidates and the issues. This is how democracy should work, ...

Get Out the Vote: In Vietnamese

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 18th, 2008

This video found by Ann Raber seems to explain -- in Vietnamese -- the steps for voting and caucusing for Clinton in Texas's Democratic primary last month (we don't, though, have any Vietnamese speakers here at PRX, so no promises). How cool is that? As Ann pointed out, Texas (or ...