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Campus Polling Stations Boost Student Vote in Canada’s Federal Election

21 OCT 2015
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As the confetti settles from Monday’s Canadian federal election, Elections Canada has released preliminary voter turnout stats showing that this year, students got the vote out.

Reports reveal approximately 70,000 students registered to vote in advance at Election Canada’s new pop-up campus polling stations. The stations were introduced to target the notoriously low voter turnout among 18-24 year olds. In Canada’s last federal election, only 39 per cent of students voted.

2015’s turnout stats don’t yet include the number of youth who registered on election day itself, but student leaders are encouraged by the 70,000-strong start.

“I think that really speaks to the testament that young people are very interested in participating in the democratic process,” said Bilan Arte, chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students. “They want to make sure a government is elected in this country that best reflects their issues.”

Do you think students today are passionate or apathetic about the democratic process?

 

Sources: CBC News