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September 06, 2016 15:00 ET

"Vote to Count" Campaign Seeks to Drive More Americans to Polls

New Effort From Outdoor Advertising Association of America and Partners + Napier Uses Out of Home Ads to Send Powerful Message

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 06, 2016) - As election season kicks into high gear, the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) and its members today announced the launch of a national out of home (OOH) public service advertising campaign that aims to convert the negative connotation of labels into a higher purpose: voter registration and action at the polls. The campaign reminds Americans that while all labels matter, only one label counts on Election Day: voter.

"This campaign reminds all Americans that in this heated election, no matter how opinionated and vocal we are about our issues, identities and beliefs, we won't be counted if we don't vote," said Luke Madden, Account Director at Partners + Napier. "All labels matter. Only one counts."

Combinations of labels representing the incredible diversity of the American electorate -- such as "gun-loving, fascism-hating, immigrant voter" and "idealist, activist, grandma voter" -- send a message that while we can proudly own all of these labels as Americans, we must elevate them to a place of impact at the polls.

The new campaign will blanket Times Square when it launches, and be supported with OOH ads covering billboards, bus shelters, subway cars and more throughout New York City. Ads will then launch in key markets throughout the fall, including cities hosting presidential debates.

"These ads hold a mirror up to the American people," said Pete VonDerLinn, Executive Creative Director at Partners + Napier. "They're an unedited reflection of the labels we're free to express, and we hear in our democracy, every day. Voting enables that freedom."

The OOH ads will grab attention during this noisy campaign season and drive digital engagement by directing viewers to VoteToCount.com where they can access their state's voter registration pages. An interactive label generator allows visitors to choose their own labels, showcasing what they value and believe, and share on social media.

Nancy Fletcher, president and CEO at OAAA, said the organization's lauded "Feel The Real" campaign that ran last year, also from Partners + Napier, proved OOH's value in today's cluttered media environment -- a medium that can also be a powerful vehicle for change.

"We are completely nonpartisan in this effort," said Fletcher. "We are not trying to boost the standing of any party or candidate, rather use OOH, a highly engaging and effective medium, to provoke action in a way that is constructive during a time that really matters."

U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2012 presidential election shows that only about 65 percent of the American voting-age population was registered to vote, but 84.3 percent of those who were registered voted. "To raise overall voter turnout in the U.S., voter registration must increase, which 'Vote to Count' will strive to accomplish," said Fletcher. "Labels are a part of politics and our goal is to celebrate those and competing viewpoints for the greater good."

Leading up to election day on November 8, the campaign will roll out in major metros including Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, Washington, DC and more.

ADstruc Project X provided media planning and procurement services and design group Grand Visual developed dynamic content for digital OOH applications for the campaign.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR ADVERTISING ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (OAAA)

OAAA is the national trade association for the out of home (OOH) advertising industry. Founded in 1891, the association represents more than 90 percent of the US industry based on revenues. OAAA is dedicated to leading and uniting a responsible OOH industry committed to serving advertisers, consumers, and communities. The OOH industry generates $7.3 billion annually in ad revenues and donates more than $500 million in space each year. For more information, please visit www.oaaa.org.

ABOUT PARTNERS + NAPIER

Partners + Napier is an integrated advertising agency based in Rochester, NY. With a 125-person team that's fiercely competitive, uncompromisingly hardworking, and refreshingly real, we make brave, business-driving work for clients like Constellation Brands, BMW and MINI Financial Services, Highmark, Delta Vacations, Saputo and Gannett. As the first creative agency to join Project, an independent global network of agencies in service of creativity, we collaborate closely with like-minded agencies around the world to deliver scale, resources, and ROI for brands like Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Tribe Hummus, AT&T, Salesforce.com and Jeep. To learn more, visit www.partnersandnapier.com.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, November 2012; http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/08/02/u-s-voter-turnout-trails-most-developed-countries/

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