Sunday, September 14, 2008

UBC & Langara Blog Contests Launched

I’ve just launched blog contests at University of British Columbia and at Langara College in cooperation with their student unions. See info pages –

Like the Vancouver Election Blog Contest, we will pay weekly cash prizes to the top-ranked contestants. There’s no entry fee, and anyone can enter a blog or other media. Our goals are to improve voter information and engagement in their democratic communities, but contestants and voters are free to emphasize whatever content they choose.

The contests differ on their voter registration method and ballot access:
- Vancouver ballot is an open web page with no registration required;
- UBC registration and ballot are on the university’s Vista Blackboard course management system;
- Langara students register to vote by emailing me their mylangara email address; then each week I email them a link to the ballot.

The ballot formats and vote tallying methods will be similar to what we’re using in the Vancouver contest.

We’re already open for blogger entries and voter registration. Voting will start soon.

Please spread the word!

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