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 and/or regional district. 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 39 Student Vote programs at various levels of elections. In the 2017 provincial election, more than 170,000 British Columbia students cast ballots from 1,100 schools representing all 87 electoral districts.
The Government of Canada, City of Vancouver, City of Surrey, City of Richmond, District of North Vancouver, City of Langley and City of White Rock have provided funding to support the development and delivery of the Student Vote project for the 2018 local elections.
The program is offered at no cost and open to all British Columbia schools. Registered schools are provided with print and online pedagogical materials, posters and election supplies.