For the first time in Vancouver, youth under the age of 18 can try voting, courtesy of the new Kids Vote program, meant to highlight issues important to them.
This Saturday and Sunday, children under 18 can go to any advance voting location in the city and vote on three questions printed on special pink Kids Vote ballots.
On the Kids Vote ballot, kids are asked to select one option for each of three multiple choice questions:
- In Vancouver, what services are most important for you?
- Which elected role would you like to have in Vancouver?
- What is one way you are active in your city?
In a release, the city said the questions are designed “to get children thinking” about what a city does and how they, as kids, participate in their community today.
The city said the idea was inspired by a similar program run in Montreal.
“Kids Vote gives young voters the chance to experience the election process at an actual voting place and encourages them to think about the issues that they care about,” said Paul Hendren, election outreach lead at the City of Vancouver. “We look forward to seeing how Vancouver’s next generation of electors vote when we announce the results on election day.”
The full Kids Vote ballot is available online, as well as in the printed voters’ guide. Just like adults, kids are encouraged to read the questions, think about their answers, and plan their votes before they arrive.
The results of the Kids Vote will be announced on election day Saturday, October 20, after the polls close at 8 pm.
The Kids Vote program will be available at all 12 advance locations on October 13 and 14:
- Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street
- Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street
- Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard
- Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney Street
- Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street
- Marpole – Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue
- Renfrew Park Community Centre, 2929 East 22nd Avenue
- Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
- Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street
- Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive
- West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street
- Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue