Food Vote 2012 - Illinois

Food Vote 2012

The long-range goals of the Food Vote 2012 Survey are:
1. Support every American adult who wants to become a food citizen.
2. Develop a "Complete Food and Farm System" framework -- Feeding ourselves + Feeding each other -- that can be easily learned and applied by any community, any jurisdiction, any agency.

Short-term, the Food Vote 2012 Survey is an attempt to
1. Build awareness of food systems as a high-leverage arena for positive civic action -- among voters, media, legislators, government officials
2. Establish a baseline of knowledge for future action -- between elections and during future elections
3. Build voter self-confidence in natural adult standing regarding a basic, universal need -- food.
4. Build voter skills in claiming adult standing, individually and collectively -- sensing, thinking, articulating, deciding, acting about food.

This Illinois survey is a pilot for a national survey which will be activated in June (following the June primaries in 15 states).

Based on the March 20, 2012 Illinois primary, there are 35 candidates for 18 Illinois seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Three are running unopposed; two districts have 3-way races.

Illinois Food Vote 2012 seeks to find out:

How many Illinois residents are concerned about "food" as a campaign issue?
How many Illinois residents are connected to the Illinois food system networks?

Can Illinois voters vote on their food concerns in the general election on November 6, 2012?
Are any of the 35 Illinois candidates in the 2012 Congressional election running on a "food" platform?
If so, what are the details?

If not, can constituents mobilize to make food a campaign issue in Illinois Congressional districts in 2012?
Can constituents mobilize by Sept. 15, 2012, which would give voters about 7 weeks to ratchet up food as a campaign issue before the election?
If constituents can't mobilize for the 2012 election, what will help them mobilize between elections and in future elections?

All Illinois residents who are concerned about food issues are invited to fill out this survey -- voters and non-voters.
Survey responses are anonymous.
General findings will be shared regularly during the election season and beyond on the Food Vote 2012 blog.

Debbie Hillman
D. Hillman Strategies: Food Policy for Voters