Vote Outside the Box – Toolkit for Electoral Management
Year of production: 2020
This toolkit is produced for the Council of Europe’s Division of Elections and Civil Society (DG Democracy) in support of their role to provide advice and technical assistance to the member states on various aspects of elections, such as the capacity building of electoral stakeholders and the raising of voter awareness.
It is designed to enable Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) to develop strategic approaches to raising awareness of electoral processes and building electoral knowledge amongst young people as potential first-time voters. However, it may be relevant to other bodies who are interested in this such as Ministries and Agencies responsible for youth policy and other state and non-state actors.
The toolkit builds directly the Council of Europe’s URSO paradigm and toolkit for strategic planning and prioritisation of electoral cooperation DG Democracy & ISIG (2019). It is particularly intended for practitioners who have already begun using the Council of Europe’s ECA assessment within this toolkit and identified awareness raising measures amongst youth as a strategic priority.
It should also be noted the Council of Europe’s aim to enable ‘young people across Europe to actively uphold, defend, promote and benefit from the Council of Europe’s core values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law’ as demonstrated through the Council of Europe Youth Sector’s Strategy 2030 which has a commitment to ‘revitalising pluralist democracy’ and ‘enabling young people’s access to rights’.