Thursday, August 18th, 2011

BC Students Get Ready To Rock The Vote for Provincial Elections

After a low student voter turnout in the recent federal election, student unions across British Columbia are ready to rock.

This week the Canadian Federation of Students rolled out the “Rock the Vote BC” campaign to educate and mobilize young voters for the provincial and municipal elections.

“From Castlegar to Victoria to Terrace, students will be out in force this fall as part of a mass voter registration campaign,” said Zach Crispin, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-BC.”

“Rock the Vote BC aims to initiate a dialogue between students about our issues and the importance of making a statement at the ballot box.”

Crispin added that while the provincial elections may get all the headlines, municipal elections are just as important to students.

“Low voter turnout in municipal elections makes a mobilized student vote even more powerful at the municipal level,” said Crispin. “Students are an important part of any vibrant and creative community. We’re going to use that creativity and energy to Rock the Vote.”

The Canadian Federation of Students are also quick to remind young people that it’s important to vote because British Columbia has the highest student debt west of the Maritimes, but the lowest provincial spending on non-repayable student assistance.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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