Text, Talk, Vote uses text messaging to facilitate a conversation on the importance of voting and civic engagement. People gather in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group. They text VOTE to the number 42016 to receive a series of text messages that guides their group through a conversation: the importance of voting, the top issues that matter most to them, and how they can get involved in their community. The text messages include videos, social media interactions, polling questions and discussion questions.
This year, NICD is launching Text, Talk, Vote for the 2016 elections. This will be a nationwide event that will target high schools, colleges and community groups for organizing efforts. The nationwide event will be held in advance of voter registration deadlines, so that participants will have the knowledge and time to register prior to the election.
Data provided by participants will be presented to candidates for their consideration in their policy platform. Participants will also have the opportunity to vote on the “best action ideas” that are generated from Text, Talk, Vote. Winners of the best ideas will receive prize money to be used to implement that idea in their school, community, or country.
The national conversation will also be evaluated for effectiveness in getting participants to think about the issues they care about, to consider how candidates stand on those issues, and ultimately, to access the conversion rate of participants into voters.
Accessing voting resources to get registered and get informed is easy! Click here for a curated list.
To register your organization or school to participate in Text, Talk, Vote, click here.
More updates coming soon.
For more information or to learn how to get involved, contact
Director of Public Programs