TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, for the first time in Ontario's
history, advance polls will be set up on nearly all college and
university campuses. Students have been lobbying and working with
Elections Ontario for close to a decade to make improvements to the
voting system to make it easier for students to vote, including the
establishment of on-campus polling stations.
"This is the third election where students and staff at Elections
Ontario have been working together to improve student access to poll
stations," said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "Establishing advance and regular polls on Oct. 6 at
almost every college and university in Ontario is victory for students
that will hopefully pay off with increased student engagement in this
All but one university campus will have an advance poll where students
can vote before and on October 6. Elections Ontario was also able to
secure 25 of the 27 spaces that it had originally confirmed on college
campuses for advance polls before they were moved due to the college
support worker strike in early September. "Students often find
themselves on campus from early morning to late at night and have a
hard time getting to a poll station on voting day," said Hudson.
"Providing students the opportunity to vote on campus over several days
is a great improvement to the electoral process and we look forward to
continue working closely with Elections Ontario to improve student
For a list of college and university advance polls, click here.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university undergraduate and graduate students studying at
public post-secondary institutions across the province. Visit www.take-it-over.ca to find out more about students' election campaign.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Sandy Hudson, Ontario Chairperson: 416-722-8842 (mobile)
Nora Loreto, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator: