BC students focus on registering voters

VANCOUVER, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - With only 99 days to go to the provincial general election, BC's college and university students' unions are gearing up to register young voters under the banner "Rock the Vote BC."

"We want our voices heard, so students are registering to vote and letting candidates know where we stand," said Katie Marocchi, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-BC (CFS-BC). "An election is a pivotal time for the parties to articulate a vision for their plans to reduce student debt and improve public education."

In the last election, there were more than 500,000 eligible voters under the age of 34 who did not vote. With campuses in over 25 communities in BC, a mobilized student vote could easily have an impact on the outcome of the election.

Rock the Vote BC is a non-partisan voter registration campaign to increase voter turn-out among BC's university and college students.

"From record high tuition fees to transit to the environment, students and young people have a lot invested in the outcome of this election," said Marocchi. "We want to see politicians make bold commitments to policies that improve life for students and our families."

The Canadian Federation of Students-BC is composed of post-secondary students from 16 universities and colleges in every region in BC. Post-secondary students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organizations since 1927.

SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - British Columbia

For further information:

Katie Marocchi, CFS-BC Chairperson (604) 733-1880
Ian Boyko, CFS-BC Communications Officer (778) 686-7939

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