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It is a party game for 3-10 people or more when multiple copies are combined and can take from 15 to about 90 minutes to play. It is a family friendly game where players split into even sized groups. Each round (3-9 rounds in a game) one person from each group gives a 1-minute speech on the randomly chosen Policy and Theme for the round, where Policies are the standard political fare, but the variety of themes (including magic, characters, household objects, colours, & many others) add humour to the game. At the end of a round all players vote for the speech they deem “best”, with the group with the most votes winning the round, and the group winning the most rounds wins the game.
Vote ME! can build confidence in speaking publicly/in groups, encourages literacy and communications skills, it involves elements of social reasoning (what can I say to impress the others to vote for me) and ultimately, quick thinking.
Vote ME! has been used by the English Language Teaching Centre at the University of Sheffield in their board games club to help foreign students learn and master the English language. It has also been picked up by a teacher in Sweden, again to help in teaching English as a foreign language.