More than 80,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote project for the 2017 local elections in Alberta.
After learning about government and the electoral process, exploring the issues and candidates, and discussing the election with family and friends, students cast ballots for their local municipal council and school board trustee candidates.
Based on current tallies, 82,284 ballots were cast by student participants from 758 schools in 124 municipalities.
MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS: http://studentvote.ca/results/ablocal2017
SCHOOL AUTHORITY RESULTS: http://studentvote.ca/results/home/municipal_results_by_school_boards/22
- Calgary: Naheed Nenshi was elected mayor with 45.9% of the vote, defeating Bill Smith (27.9%), David Lapp (7.5%), Andre Chabot (4.6%) and Stan ‘The Man’ Waciak (4.2%), among other challengers. More than 31,000 students cast ballots from 215 schools representing all 14 municipal wards.
- Edmonton: Don Iveson was elected mayor with 57.3% of the vote, defeating Justin Thomas (7.4%), Carla Frost (6.5%), Mike Butler (5.1%) and Taz Bouchier (4.5%), among other challengers. More than 18,000 students cast ballots from 193 schools representing all 12 municipal wards.
- Throughout the province: An additional 30,000 students from 121 municipalities throughout the province cast ballots for their local municipal council and school board trustee candidates.
The Student Vote project for the 2017 local elections was made possible with support from the Government of Alberta, Edmonton Community Foundation, Alberta Teachers’ Association, Galvin Family Trust, Elections Alberta and the Government of Canada.