SPARK Boston invites Boston's millennials to 'Vote with Us'
October 21, 2016
BOSTON - Mayor Martin J. Walsh's millennial engagement initiative, SPARK Boston, will launch "Vote With Us," a day-long series of "pop-ups at the polls," events and activities, to encourage Boston's young adults to vote early for the November 8 election. Nine early voting locations will be open between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th, and "Vote With Us" programming will take place at or nearby each available polling location.
"Early voting presents a tremendous opportunity to activate young adults in this important upcoming election, " said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "Boston's millennials are socially connected and civically engaged. The ability to vote conveniently and on your own schedule makes voting more conducive to an active, mobile lifestyle, and I encourage our younger voters to take advantage of this opportunity."
"On election day, voters often pin 'I Voted' stickers to their clothes and devices, illustrating the strong social component involved in voting," said SPARK Boston Director Erin Santhouse. "Early voting is our attempt to expand on that social component, while providing millennials registered in Boston the convenience of voting at any available early voting location. Voters can drop by a polling location that's convenient while out and about, or come 'Vote With Us' at any of our pop-ups at the polls."
Pop-ups will take place one after another throughout the day until the polls close at 6:00 p.m. Each event will feature unique programming, and all are free and open to the public. SPARK Boston Council members wearing SPARK Boston t-shirts will be on site to facilitate the pop-up events and lead participants to the polls. Voters are encouraged to wear an "I Voted" sticker and/or participate in a pop-up at the polls on October 29th using the hashtag #SPARKBosVotes for a chance to meet Mayor Walsh.
A full schedule of activities and locations can be found below:
- 11:00 a.m. Yoga in East Boston
- Piers Park
- 95 Marginal Street, East Boston
- 12:00 p.m. Run to the Polls in Lower Mills
- Ashmont T Station
- 1900 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester Center
- 1:00 p.m. Tour GrandTen Distilling in South Boston
- GrandTen Distilling
- 383 Dorchester Avenue
- 2:00 p.m. Wine & Cheese Tasting in Back Bay
- Bacco's Wine & Cheese
- 31 Saint James Avenue
- 2:00 p.m. Mini Block Party in Mattapan
- Mildred Ave Community Center
- 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan
- 2:30 p.m. Bike Ride to Grove Hall
- Ruggles T Station
- 1150 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing
- 3:00 p.m. Trivia at Dudley Cafe in Roxbury
- Dudley Cafe
- 15 Warren Street, Roxbury
- 4:00 p.m. Water Pong Tourney & Games in Allston
- Roxy's Grilled Cheese
- 485 Cambridge Street, Allston
- 4:30 p.m. Group Fitness Class in West Roxbury
- Boston Public Library, West Roxbury Branch
- 1961 West Centre Street, West Roxbury
Visit SPARK Boston's website to learn more about VOTE WITH US and #SPARKBosVotes. For more information on early voting in the City of Boston, please visit the Vote Early Boston website.
About Spark Boston
Boston is home to a large and diverse millennial population. SPARK Boston (formerly ONEin3) is a City of Boston initiative that aims to empower the millennial generation to play a greater role in planning for the future of our city.
SPARK Boston focuses on engaging the next generation of civic leaders and social entrepreneurs in the work of city government. This will shape how the City designs and develops policies, convenes stakeholders for important initiatives and works collaboratively with young people to shape Boston's future. Learn more online.