Student Vote 2015: Digby students participate in parallel practice election

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on October 16, 2015

DIGBY – All 420 plus students at Digby Regional High received voter registration cards despite the fact that none of them are old enough to vote in the 2015 federal election.

The Global Politics class at DRHS organized and held the mock election as part of Student Vote 2015 – the parallel voting system allows students to cast a ballot during federal, provincial and municipal elections.

All four candidates for the West Nova riding visited DRHS this fall to talk to the student body.

The Global Politics class created the voter registration cards and staffed the polling station set up in the school auditorium.

The DRHS organizers have to keep their results confidential until after the polls close in West Nova.

Although the votes don’t count in the real election, the intention is to engage students in the electoral system, so they will be more likely to vote when they do come of age.

The Digby Courier will publish the full results when available.

For more information on Student Vote 2015 see studentvote.ca.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

VOTER TURN OUT COMPARISONS:

DRHS Student Vote turnout 2015: 60 per cent

National voter turnout 2011: 61 per cent

West Nova voter turn out 2011: 64 per cent

Nationally in 2011, 18 – 24 years old: 39 per cent

Nationally in 2011, 45 – 54 years old: 64.5 per cent