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Screengrab from Councilman Bobby Henon's #ivotephilly contest video.

New social media contest aims to get Philly voting on May 19

Upload a short video explaining why you're voting on May 19, and Mayor Michael Nutter might even drive you to the polls.

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Look out for #ivotephilly.

6th District Councilman Bobby Henon launched a new social media campaign to get Philly to the polls.

“This year we’re going to make things a little more interesting,” he says.

It’s as simple as this: Shoot a video (selfie stick optional), 15 seconds or less, saying why you’re voting on May 19. Post your video to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #ivotephilly. Then, boom! Share it with your friends, and you’re automatically entered to win one of 25 prizes.

Watch Henon bite the head off a scallion in front of Chef Jose Garces, get called a “wack job” by Ed Rendell, and offer Mayor Michael Nutter’s valet services. All in the name of getting you to vote.

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Philly needs all the encouragement it can get to vote in the Democratic primary. Plus, some of the prizes announced so far are seriously one-of-a-kind.

  • Ride to the polls with Mayor Michael Nutter
  • Spend a day at the gym with former Governor Ed Rendell
  • Dinner from Jose Garces (this one has yet to be confirmed)
  • Overnight hotel stay and dinner for two courtesy of Visit Philadelphia
  • Diamond Club tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies game
  • 76ers or Flyers tickets
  • Philadelphia Orchestra and theatre tickets
  • $50 gift certificate to Chickie’s and Pete’s
  • Tickets to Wawa Welcome America Festival

I don’t know how they’ll check if you actually vote on E-Day (unless Nutter is driving you to the polls, in which case, see if you can get him to tell you who he's voting for, and live-Tweet the car ride). But if you participate and the campaign and then don’t vote, and still win a prize, and accept said prize, I think I speak for the whole community in saying you’re a terrible Philadelphian.

Tuesday, May 19! Don’t forget.

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