Student Vote is a unique hands-on learning program that provides students under the voting age with the opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of active and engaged citizenship.
Students learn about government and electoral process, and explore the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. On Student Vote Day, students take on the roles of election workers and coordinate a vote for the official local election candidates. The Student Vote results are shared with the media for broadcast and publication following the closing of the polls.
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 31 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 Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada, CIVIX will be offering Student Vote for the 2016 municipal and school board elections across the province. Participating schools receive educational resources, posters, ballots and ballot boxes. Students will cast ballots for their local mayor or reeve, councillor(s) and school board member.
The program is offered at no cost and open to all schools in the province.