Student Vote provides youth under the voting age with an opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of active and engaged citizenship. The program is an excellent way to create a ‘teachable moment’ out of the official election.
Students learn about government and the electoral process, and research the issues and candidates through classroom learning, campaign activities, media consumption and family dialogue. On Student Vote Day, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate a vote for the election candidates running in their school’s municipality. Results are reported to CIVIX confidentially and shared publicly following the close of the polls.
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 36 Student Vote programs at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.
The Student Vote project for the 2017 municipal and school board elections is made possible due to support from the Government of Alberta, Edmonton Community Foundation, Alberta Teachers’ Association, Galvin Family Trust, Elections Alberta and the Government of Canada. Registered schools are provided with print and online pedagogical materials, posters and election supplies.
The program is offered at no cost and open to all Alberta schools.