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, parties 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 electoral division. The 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 30 Student Vote programs at various levels of elections. In the recent federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.
With support from the Government of Canada and The Winnipeg Foundation, the Student Vote program is being offered free to Manitoba schools for the 2016 provincial election. Participating schools will receive activity guides, posters, ballots and ballot boxes.
Join hundreds of schools across the province for Student Vote Manitoba. Register your school today.