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WeVote is a program to promote a culture of voting in Philadelphia, was conceived of and launched by the first class of Buchholz Fellows in 2018.

In recent elections, only 17 percent of registered voters went to the polls in the Philadelphia region.

In order to reverse this trend, organizations can address lack of interest or enthusiasm in voting and lack of time.  Participants currently include Public Financial Management LLC, AccessMatters, and Cozen O’Connor. Join other organizations in promoting a culture of civic engagement today!

WeVote’s core initiatives are designed to encourage civic participation among organizations. Participants would encourage all employees, volunteers, and constituents to vote and offer as much flexibility as possible on Election Day so there are fewer obstacles for voting. Additionally, We Vote participants agree to circulate Committee of Seventy’s Voter Guide and other relevant materials and deadlines before each election so your colleagues are informed and prepared to cast their ballot.

All participating organizations will complete these basic tasks but can go further with our bonus initiatives. This could include:

  • Disseminating voter registration before elections

  • 1-2 hours of paid leave for employees on Election Day so there is time to vote

  • Supporting an excusable day off on Election Day so employees can volunteer at election-related events

  • Host voter registration and absentee ballot drives

  • Include election forum listings in communications to employees

  • Track and incentivize participation

  • Promote program participation.

Organizations will be recognized based on the number of bonus initiatives they complete

  • Bronze participants have completed all core initiatives

  • Silver participants have completed all core initiatives as well as 3 bonus initiatives

  • Gold participants have completed all initiatives.

What’s in it for my organization?

WeVote creates excitement and a promotes a positive, civically engaged culture in your organization during election cycles. This, in turn, can help in attracting top applicants and employee and volunteer retention - 37 percent of regional university students cite a company’s mission and culture as the number one factor in evaluating a job offer.