final days of this wacky election. do you have a plan?

16 decisions, 28 elected seats, 4 ballot measures, and a partridge in a pear tree

an icon for inspire inspire WITH Anne Gemmell Anne Gemmell Alex Hillman Alex Hillman

Estimated read time, 3 minutes.

There’s just 1 week until Philly’s next mayor (and a bunch of other important positions) are decided. But who’s counting? 😅

Thank to everyone for the positive response on Anne’s Match for the Moment article on Billy Penn. If you or someone you know is looking for a refreshing look at how we decide who we vote for, check it out here and share it!

Last day to apply for mail in voting

Remember that if you want to vote by mail-in ballot, you can still apply until 5pm today. Do it online or at the county election office.

Make sure that you know where your closest drop-off location is located and part of your plan to cast your vote!

Practice makes progress

Remember that this isn’t just the mayor’s race. My sample ballot had 16 decisions, including 28 total seats and 4 ballot measures. 🤪

Whether you’re filling out a mail-in ballot, or voting in person on Tuesday May 16th, you’re probably going to want to practice.

Before you mark your choices, give yourself a “dry run” using this free interactive sample ballot. It takes a lot of the pressure off of “doing it right” the first time!

Rapid Fire Reminders

  • Voting is personal but you don’t have to make a decision alone. Use the frameworks we’ve shared (including Match for the Moment, Best for Self Employment) to have a conversation with people you know and trust, and figure out your favorite candidate together.

  • Text, DM, or call your friends and family to make sure they have a plant to vote! You don’t even need to talk about specific candidates if you don’t want to, just make sure they know that turnout in the primary is abysmally low and with the crowded field every vote really matters.

  • Watch/re-watch our reaction videos to get a sense of who the candidates are. We recorded these videos earlier in the race, and while you might find that while they’re specific to 10k Independents issues vs your own, they’re also a bit more genuine since they were from before the candidates had honed their talking points (and before all of the mud-slinging).

  • Every candidate is looking for support. You can canvass, phone bank, attend in-person events, donate to their campaign. If you’re comfortable being public with your support, even just following them on social media and boosting their posts.

  • If you haven’t watched it yet, this quick 8 minute video below explains a lot about how Philly elections work (and don’t!). We highly recommend watching and sharing it with those friends and family members who might be on the fence about voting at all. There’s more helpful videos on our YouTube channel, too!

As always, If you have any questions, drop us a line. We’re here to help!

Also, if you have a favorite vote resource that you think we could share, let us know and we’ll see if it’s a good fit.

Thanks for caring about the future of our city,

-Alex & Anne
The 10k Independents Project

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