Encourage your friends to vote! Win PRIZES!
Looking to put the "social" into "social distancing" and use your voice before the election? Host a game-night style SparkVotes Party!
Yours will be one of many SparkVotes parties happening (virtually) all across the UM-Ann Arbor campus on October 17th. That's 17 days before the election!
Your guests will compete in several fun, non-partisan, voting-themed games — including a signature match challenge, a ballot scavenger hunt, and a not-so-trivial pursuit face-off. The games and their instructions will be compiled into a Google Slides presentation for you to screen-share over Zoom.
Everyone who hosts a UM-Ann Arbor party will have a chance to win:
Gift baskets from Roos Roast, Cherry Republic and Bivouac
Everyone who participates in a UM-Ann Arbor party will have a chance to win:
$75 gift cards to Sava’s
$50 gift cards to Zingerman’s
$30 gift cards to Cottage Inn Pizza
When : Saturday, October 17th
You'll need : 1 hour + Zoom + some friends!
I don’t know much about voting. Can I still host a SparkVotes party?
Definitely. You don’t need to be a voting expert or even an eligible voter to host or attend a SparkVotes party. A SparkVotes party is a great way to learn more about voting and help others understand the process.
What if I’ve already voted?
Great! Think of the party as a fun way to hang out with friends and help spread voting momentum. Plus, did we mention PRIZES?
Do I have to host all by myself?
You can host as an individual, or you can co-host with a friend!
What time on October 17th?
That’s totally up to you and your guests — pick a time that works for you!
Why October 17th?
That's two days before online voter registration ends in Michigan. And 17 days before the election!
How many friends should I invite?
The games have been designed to be played by two teams in each party, so for maximum fun, we recommend inviting 6-8 guests. But if you have a few more guests, that’s okay too!
How long will the party take?
The party games have been designed to last about an hour.
Will I be the one who sets up the Zoom meeting?
Yes! Make sure to sign in using your zoom.umich.edu account (so you don’t have to worry about a time limit for your party) and send your friends the link. We’ll send you a quick ‘how-to’ for everything you need to do.
What happens after I sign up to host a party?
We’ll send you a few emails that will make inviting friends and hosting your SparkVotes party super easy. These will include helpful instructions on setting up your Zoom meeting, a step-by-step guide to screen sharing (and more), and a link to the Google Slides party games. We recommend you test everything out before your party on October 17th.
Is there a way to just join a party?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to find you a party!