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 learned about government and the electoral process, and researched the issues, parties and candidates through classroom learning, campaign activities, media consumption and family dialogue. On Student Vote Day, students took on the roles of election officers and coordinate a vote for the election candidates running in their school’s electoral division. The results were reported to CIVIX confidentially and shared publicly following the close of the official polls.
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 42 Student Vote programs at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,358 students from 6,662 schools voted for the federal candidates running in their local riding (including 160,000 Alberta students from 1,100 schools).
The Student Vote program is conducted in partnership with Elections Alberta, The Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Calgary Foundation, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada and will be offered to all schools at no cost. Participating schools will receive activity guides, campaign posters, electoral division maps, ballots and ballot boxes.