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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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.


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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