TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Half of all schools in Ontario are now
registered for Student Vote's non-partisan parallel election program.
Student Vote is working with Elections Ontario to conduct a
province-wide parallel election for students in elementary, middle and
secondary schools during the 2011 provincial election.
Rather than simply studying democracy, students will experience it first
Over the course of the campaign, students participate in activities to
learn about provincial government and the electoral process, and
research the party platforms, leaders and local candidates. Many
schools organize all-candidate debates and campaign events to foster
dialogue in school and at home.
On October 4 and 5, students take on the roles of poll officials and
conduct a vote on the official candidates running in their local
electoral district. The results are tabulated by electoral district
and shared with media for broadcast and publication.
This is the last chance for schools to register for and participate in
Student Vote. Registration closes this Thursday, September 22nd at
"On behalf of Student Vote and our partners across the province…Thank
you to those remarkable teachers that have registered for Student Vote
and care enough to ensure that democracy is in the curriculum this
fall. Your leadership is an inspiration to anyone that cares about the
future of our democracy, and because of your initiative, we may begin
to reverse the decline in voter turnout."
To register for this free program, schools are invited to visit www.studentvote.ca or call 1-866-488-8775 (toll-free). Program registration closes on
Thursday, September 22.
Registered schools receive free learning materials, including teacher
resources, posters, operations manuals, ballot boxes, voting screens
and district-specific ballots.
Student Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to
build the capacity and commitment of young Canadians to participate in
SOURCE Student Vote - Toronto
For further information:
or to receive a list of schools participating in your region, please contact: