TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - College and college university students
were informed today that Elections Ontario has decided to relocate 27
college campus polls to alternative locations. This disappointing news
comes less than two weeks away from the beginning of the advance polls,
and is due to the recent support staff strike.
"Student associations have been working on their campuses to help
mobilize the student vote and engage the youth in this provincial
election," says Brian Costantini, President of the College Student
Alliance (CSA). "Historically this has been a demographic that has not
fully participated elections. "
The CSA has been in touch with the Ontario Public Service Employees
Union (OPSEU) and the College Employers Council. Both parties are
prepared to cooperate to ensure students and citizens have access to
vote. Moving forward, we have been assured that labour disputes should
not impact the voting process, as this one has.
"We strongly advise that future planning considers the effects of
situations such as staff strikes and that students are consulted in the
process" says Anthony Boland, Vice-President, CSA.
A great deal of criteria is considered in the decision to place polling
stations at a given location. Each station must be verifiable and
guaranteed and it is CSA's understanding that Elections Ontario has
decided to pursue other avenues that better fit their criteria.
Campus outreach initiatives will still take place and students are
encouraged to visit www.itsyourvote.ca and follow us on twitter
(@CSA_ON) for the most up-to-date information pertaining to the
provincial election and voting options.
The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy organization, which
has been proudly serving Ontario's college and college-university
students since 1975. The CSA currently represents 15 colleges and 23
member councils with over 130,000 full-time student members throughout
SOURCE College Student Alliance
For further information:
President College Student Alliance
T: (905) 641-2252 ext. 4226
Director of Advocacy
College Student Alliance