Vote Tag: Federal Election Facebook Voting App

votetag-final Vote Tag was a Facebook application that helped users remind their Facebook friends about the 2011 Canadian Federal Election and receive voting and political party information. Launched as an experiment in April 2011. Position: Team Leader Results: 

  • 3000 Facebook users used Vote Tag in three days

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Training & Consultation

  • Developed curriculum to train 35 local community organizers in the methods of Jane’s Walk, a global platform for free locally led walking tours
  • Designed and facilitated courses and workshops for more than 400 front line staff, managers, and peer workers in Toronto’s community services sector
  • Co-facilitated and coordinated a 12-week Participant Engagement course developed for Drop-in workers alongside City of Toronto award-winning advocate Anna Willats, with the goal of increasing the capacity of homeless services agencies as community spaces for engagement and advocacy.
  • Instructed and facilitated a curriculum based on exploring issues surrounding poverty, social inequities, social action and leadership for selected youth aged 14-18 from across the USA in Chicago and New York City with Civic Education Project
  • Coordinated Community Development and Volunteer Support workshops for more than 60 international volunteers from 11 countries with Sport Coaches Outreach (SCORE) for two years in South Africa and Zambia.
  • Designed, developed and presented training courses focused on youth leadership, sport management and HIV/AIDS education for more than 150 youth and school teachers in 4 Zambian Provinces with Score Zambia and the Zambian Interfaith Network Group on HIV/AIDS
  • My full resume of my skills and experience is available here. 

Workshop Expertise

  • Participant Engagement
  • Public Pedagogy
  • Community Engagement
  • Introduction to Facilitation Methods
  • Participatory Workshop Design
  • Sport for Development
  • Teambuilding and Energizers for Groups
  • HIV/AIDS education through Sport & Play
  • Information and Referral for Homeless Services
  • Civic Education for Youth
  • International Volunteer Orientation/ Mid Term Retreats/ End of Service

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Elections Canada Facebook App to me show details 12:24 PM (50 minutes ago)

We thank you for your telephone call of March 29, 2011, offering to set up a Facebook page for Elections Canada.

We thank you for the offer but Elections Canada has no requirement for this type of service at this time.


Marguerite-Lise Menard
Enquiries Unit
Elections Canada


Nico Koenig to INFO1
show details 1:06 PM (10 minutes ago)

Hello Marguerite-Lise Menard,

To be clear, my group of Canadian web developers would like to create a Facebook application that would offer Facebook users the same information offered on your website, and assist registered Facebook users electronic reminders of advance and final polling dates and locations. For this process to be done effectively, we would require the access to the public data you have in place on the Elections Canada homepage.

I am concerned by your statement that you do not have any requirement to offer this type of service. According to your mandate, Elections Canada are required to conduct voter education and information programs. In addition, one of your major official duties is to ensure access to the electoral system for all eligible citizens, through both physical facilities and public education and information programs. Being that your official website already encourages the use of Facebook to educate eligible citizens in civic processes, as you do the telephone, Elections Canada should therefore be required to support voter education with one of the most prominent means of communication used by Canadians – which currently is Facebook with citizens aged of 18-35.

However, I understand that the process for this type of institutional change will not occur with a youth vote turn out of 37% according to your 2008 federal election records. The lack of pressing and relevant media to educate and support civic process will keep the young vote at one of the lowest levels ever seen in Canada. Because voter education is within your mandate and duty, encouraging civic education within the most current realm of communication should be your utmost concern.

Finally, if you are not planning to guide a citizens group of web developers willing to assist Elections Canada free of cost with your own mandate and duty delivery, my group has plans to create a Facebook application without your support. Since general federal voting location and date information is public, we have the neccesary tools to create such a technology to offer this type of information on Facebook. My only request would be the reassurance from Elections Canada that my group will not be charged or fined in any way for creating alternative online access and and disemination to the information offered on your website.

Thank you for your assistance, and I look forward to replying to you over the phone shortly,

Nico Koenig

Nico Koenig
M.Ed Adult Education & Community Development
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