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New 'Students Are Voting' campaign urges youth to vote in BC election

Alison Pudsey Mar 17, 2017 10:04 am 305

Do young people actually vote? That’s the question on a lot of people’s minds as BC gears up for the provincial election in May.

So to encourage youth to vote, the BC Federation of Students, made up of 14 post-secondary universities and colleges, has launched Students Are Voting, a new province-wide initiative.

“Over the next 53 days, we will be reaching out to tens of thousands of college and university students,” said chairperson Simka Marshall in a release.

“Student leaders and volunteers will be fanning out across campuses engaging students directly and encouraging them to get out and vote by May 9.

The initiative will focus on peer-to-peer relationships in all areas of BC in order to recruit other students to sign a ‘pledge to vote’ card.

The 2015 Federal election saw the highest turnout in youth voters in BC with 63.9% of those aged 18-24 voting, in comparison to just 39.9% in the 2011 Federal election.

As the campaign website says, “In the last provincial election, four ridings were decided by less than 200 people! Your vote will make a difference in 2017.”

For more information or to sign the pledge, visit

Alison Pudsey
Lifestyle contributor for Daily Hive. Lover of dogs, coffee, yoga and all things celebrity gossip. Toronto is home, but Vancity has my heart.

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