In an effort to encourage people to get out and vote for the upcoming federal
election, the Main St. Station Farmer’s Market, which runs every Wednesday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., added a “Vote Pop-Up!” to their festivities on Sept. 30.
The purpose of “Vote Pop-Up!” is to encourage interest in the election and make the voting process easy to understand for people who have never voted, or don’t vote often, by showing them what the ID requirements are and practicing by casting a ballot.
Getting registered to vote
“We break it down to show what the voting process is,” said Randy Elliott, Vancouver Farmer’s Market district manager.
Elliott said if people aren’t registered to vote, or if they’re not sure if they are and want to, his staff will check for them on their computers to make sure they’re registered.
In addition to encouraging interest in the election, Elliott said they will also be hosting a mock vote, although it has nothing to do with the election itself.
Mock vote participation
“We did one at the Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market a couple of weeks ago, and it was very successful,” he said. Elliott added roughly 60 people participated in the mock-vote.
People attending the farmer’s market are encouraged to answer a question posted in a booth by selecting their choice on a ballot and putting the ballot in a box after.
“At the end of the market, we go through the box and show what the winning answer is,” he said.
The federal election is Oct. 19.