What better use for a selfie stick than documenting the first milestone in your political life? If you’re a first-time voter or have a child who is one, Maclean’s wants to see your pictures. Pose outside your poll and snap a picture, then tweet it to @MacleansMag.
All day today, Canadians have been tweeting pictures and comments using the hashtags #firsttimevoter and #votingselfie. “I just lost my voteginity,” wrote one. “I voted today and the elder at my poll blew into a loud horn and everyone in the room started cheering and laughing,” wrote another. “So easy! Why doesn’t everyone do this?” asked a 19-year-old. And the selfies accompanying the tweets have been ceaseless.
In the 2011 federal election, just 40.5 per cent of eligible first-timers decided to vote. Not-for-profit organizations like Apathy is Boring have been encouraging the 5.5 million millennials in Canada to change their minds this time around, and Maclean’s is hoping to celebrate the thrill of those photo shoots.
Just one thing to keep in mind: Elections Canada has reminded people to take their pictures outside the polling station with no ballot boxes or polling tables in sight. It might work best to take your picture with the voting signage outside your polling station with your voter’s registration card in hand. And hey, the burgundy of the card might bring out your eyes—and your picture might bring out more first-timers to vote.