About Student Vote

Student Vote is a hands-on learning program that brings democracy into the classroom and helps foster the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Students learn about government and the electoral process, and research the issues, parties and candidates through classroom activities and media consumption. On Student Vote Day, students cast ballots for the official election candidates running in their school's electoral district.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada's leading civic education charity. The Student Vote project for the 2018 provincial election was made possible by Elections Ontario.

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The Student Vote Program Involves Four Key Steps:

1. Register your school: The program is open to all schools and there is no cost to participate.

2. Receive materials: Registered schools are supplied with print and online pedagogical materials, posters and election supplies.

3. Engage with the campaign: The activities are intended to inform students about government and the electoral process, encourage research into the candidates and issues, and foster dialogue among students and their families.

4. Student Vote Day: Students take on the role of deputy returning officers and poll clerks, and cast ballots for the official election candidates. The results are tabulated and shared publicly after the close of the official polls.

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THE RESULTS

 

Between May 31 and June 7, students took on the roles of election officials and organized a parallel vote using the materials provided. The ballots were counted by each school and reported to CIVIX.

As of 4:00p.m. (ET) on June 7, 2,166 schools had reported their election results, representing all 124 electoral districts in the province. In total, 280,691 ballots were cast by student participants; 268,091 accepted ballots, 7,103 rejected ballots, 2,562 declined ballots and 2,935 unmarked ballots.

RESULTS SUMMARY: https://bit.ly/2MVlD22

COMPLETE RESULTS: http://studentvote.ca/results/on2018

Media Coverage

CBC News

“More than 280,000 elementary and high school students made their voices heard in the 2018 Ontario Student Vote, turning out to elect a majority New Democratic Party government.” […]

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Globe and Mail

“This was my first time voting and it felt pretty good because I knew who I wanted to vote for and I was confident. I learned that it’s […]

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Toronto Star

“More than 280,000 elementary and high school students made sure their voices were heard in the 2018 Ontario Student Vote — a province-wide program run by Civix, a […]

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Past Ontario Provincial Projects

2014

173,072 Ontario students cast ballots from 1,670 registered schools. VIEW RESULTS

2011

369,967 Ontario students cast ballots from 2,774 registered schools. VIEW RESULTS

2007

287,236 Ontario students cast ballots from 2,100 registered schools. VIEW RESULTS