Student Vote sweeps Ontario: Reaching half of all schools

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 hand.

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 5pm.

"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 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 their democracy.

SOURCE Student Vote - Toronto

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