Contest aims to get out the vote

Voters in Penticton's Nov. 19 civic election eligible for a host of prizes

  • Nov. 8, 2011 2:00 p.m.
General manager Max Picton of the Best Damn Sports Bar shows off prizes similar to the ones that can be won as part of the contest encouraging young people to participate in the Nov. 19 civic election.

General manager Max Picton of the Best Damn Sports Bar shows off prizes similar to the ones that can be won as part of the contest encouraging young people to participate in the Nov. 19 civic election.

Doesn’t matter if it’s for the sense of civic duty or the chance to win a new flat-screen.

Either way, the Best Damn Sports Bar just wants you to vote.

The Penticton establishment has teamed up with a host of businesses in town to encourage young residents to exercise their democratic rights with a contest called Rock the Vote 2011. All those who cast a ballot on Nov. 19 and bring proof to the bar by 8 p.m. are entered into a draw for prizes.

Max Picton, Best Damn’s general manager, said there had been discussion around the bar from some older generations about needing to get younger people out to vote.

“A big part of why the youth aren’t voting today is they don’t understand the process. It seems complicated,” he said. “The very first time you do it, you don’t understand it. Our goal is to make it as simple as possible, so they understand it’s not a complicated process.”

He said that they began bandying about possible ideas of how to get young people out, and decided they would help them take care of everything: a shuttle would take voters to the polls and staff would explain the process of voting to all.

“The point of the shuttle is so we can say, ‘All you have to do is show up with your ID and we’ll take care of the rest. We’ll show you how to vote,’” Picton said. “We’ll take you down there and make it really easy for you to get involved.”

And it could pay off dividends. Best Damn wanted to sweeten the pot for young voters by offering good prizes: a 42-inch high-definition television, IPhone or gift certificates for Freeride Boardshop and the Mule Nightclub.

“We wanted a couple of prizes that spoke to the youth, that might actually be enough incentive for them to go and vote. It’s just a reward for becoming involved, more or less,” he said, adding the partner businesses were happy to jump on board. “As soon as I phoned them and told them about the event, they said, ‘Yes, 100 per cent. We want to push our customers to do the same thing.’ It’s really a few of the businesses in the community working to make this happen.”

Those looking to take part should bring two pieces of ID, including one with their address on it like a driver’s licence. Failing that, bring the ID and piece of mail indicating address.

The shuttle will run from noon to 8 p.m. Entrants don’t have to take the shuttle down to the polling station at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, but they are required to show some proof of their attendance — snapping a picture with a digital camera or cellphone will suffice.

Once that’s completed, Picton said entrants can return to the bar at 260 Martin St. and enter the draw, which will be held shortly after the UFC fight that night, at approximately 10 p.m.

Picton understands it’s not a perfect system, in that someone could just take a photo by the polling station and try to dupe staff. But a big part of it is the awareness factor.

“If someone really wanted to mess around, take a picture and not vote themselves, they could. But the goal is to get everybody thinking about it and get them down there,” he said.

So far, the business is getting a good reaction to the contest — including a host of mayoral and council candidates, who have thrown their support behind the project.

“It’s fantastic. Everybody just thinks it’s an amazing event,” he said. “The candidates themselves think it’s a great idea because they understand that we need to get the youth involved in the political process in town.

“I’ve had so many individuals come up to me and say, Thank you for doing this.’ I was quite impressed. It was a better response than I even had hoped for.”

For information about the contest, check out Best Damn’s Facebook page at


Just Posted

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

(Black Press file photo)
EDITORIAL: Curtailing attempts at scams

The true total of losses from all scams and frauds could be much higher than the figures on file

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

(Drive BC photo)
Vehicle incident closes Highway 3 east of Osoyoos

Drive BC says to avoid the area until the road is clear

Osoyoos chef Murray McDonald was ecstatic upon realizing he scored the $1 million guaranteed prize in the June 2, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw. (Contributed)
Osoyoos chef ecstatic after bagging $1 million Lotto 6/49 win

Chef Murray McDonald was at home and ready to doze off to sleep when he got a text from his wife

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Former Kamloops security gaurd wants job back after kicking incident caught on video

Rick Eldridge quit when a video surfaced of him kicking a man outside a facility for homeless

People participated in a walk to honour the 215 children found at a former Kamloops residential school, as well as residential school survivors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna marks National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with walk to remember Kamloops 215

“Let’s speak the truth and deal with the truth, and heal.”

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

A home on Cameo Drive sustained major damage due to an early morning fire Monday, June 21. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
UPDATE: Fire sparked during Vernon home renovation

Heavy black smoke from Cameo Drive home, no one inside

The new Civic Memorial Park will incorporate pieces of the 80-year-old arena it replaces. (Artists rendering)
Pieces of Civic Arena reclaimed for new Vernon park

City centre space to incorporate wood from the historic arena

Most Read