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October 27, 2017 5:40 pm

Students Have Their Say in Provincial Election

Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

Prince George, B.C. – Adults aren’t the only ones busy studying up on who to vote for in tomorrow’s provincial election.

Roughly 180,000 elementary and high school students are doing the same across B.C. – including at 29 schools in Prince George.

Photo courtesy CIVIX

“Student Vote B.C. is a parallel vote program that gives students a chance to get involved first hand in the same voting process as the adults would be,” says Dan Allan, director of content for CIVIX – a non-partisan national charity created to help build skills of citizenship among young Canadians.

“So, learners learn about the candidates and issues, research the parties running, the leaders, the candidates running where they live giving them a chance to vote for the actual candidates who are running in their electoral district.”

He says students will vote today and notes the results will be released once the polls close tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

Allan says its their biggest election yet.

“This is the ninth time we’ve done this for a combination of federal, provincial and municipal campaigns dating back to 2004,” he says. “So, hopefully when they do turn 18 and they can vote for real, they not only have the knowledge but will have instilled in them an enthusiasm and engagement about how politics works and how they can be involved and have a say so they become life-long voters.”



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