For immediate release

April 11, 2006

For more information contact:

Glen Tilot, Jim Morrison

(920) 490-7300

 

Project VOTE awards Voter Challenge trophy to Allouez

 

GREEN BAY – Project VOTE awarded its Voter Challenge trophy today to the village of Allouez for having the highest voter turnout percentage in Brown County in the Tuesday, April 4 election.

Allouez led the county’s municipalities with a 30.8 percent turnout April 4. The percentage is based on the number of registered voters in the municipality.

Project VOTE presented the traveling trophy to Allouez Village Trustee Lynn Green at a news conference today at Green Bay City Hall. It marked the first time Allouez won the Voter Challenge trophy. The village will keep the trophy at least until the Nov. 7 election.

Project VOTE (Voice of the Electorate) is a local nonpartisan group working to increase voter turnout and awareness in Brown County. The group organized the Voter Challenge in 2004 as a competition among Brown County municipalities to encourage voters to go to the polls.

Glen Tilot and Jim Morrison, co-chairs of Project VOTE, congratulated the voters of Allouez for winning the award.

“The people of Allouez have good reason to be proud of this achievement,” Tilot said. “They showed that they take the important responsibility of voting very seriously.”

Morrison said, “The Voter Challenge trophy is an added bonus for a community that set a good example for voters across the county.”

The villages of Denmark and Hobart, each with a 28 percent registered voter turnout April 4, shared the runner-up spot in the Voter Challenge competition.

Countywide, 23.3 percent of eligible voters went to the polls April 4. That compares with 15.8 percent in the last comparable spring election in 2004.

Tilot and Morrison commended Brown County voters for the substantial increase in voter turnout over the 2004 spring election.

In addition to the Voter Challenge, Project VOTE’s efforts include candidate forums, public service announcements, billboards, yard signs and media releases. To learn more about Project VOTE, visit the group’s Web site at http://www.project-vote.org.

 

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Mayor Jim Schmitt takes questions from the media

 

                                                                    

 

Project Vote Co-Chair Glen Tilot speaks as other ProjectVOTE members
and municipal leaders listen.

 

 

                                        

 

Village of Hobart Administrator Joe Helfenberger hands off trophy to Village
of Allouez Trustee Lynn Green

 

                                    

 

Lynn Green, Trustee accepts the April 2006 Municipal Voter Challenge
trophy on behalf of the Village of Allouez