/R E P E A T -- 500,000 youth under the voting age head to the polls this week/

TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians under the voting age are taking part in Student Vote 2011.

Rather than simply studying democracy, they will experience it firsthand by casting their own ballot.

The Student Vote program is an election simulation for youth under the voting age coinciding with official elections.  The program combines classroom learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic vote on local election candidates.

More than 4,300 schools from across Canada have received free learning materials and electoral supplies to take part in the Student Vote program for the 2011 federal election.

"This is our fourth parallel federal election, and the response from schools has been phenomenal," says Taylor Gunn, Chief Election Officer of Student Vote. "Classroom teachers are taking up the most important task - teaching citizenship to their students and inspiring the future of Canadian democracy."

This week, students will take on the roles of deputy returning officers and poll clerks, and host a Student Vote Day where students will vote for the official candidates running in the school's electoral district. Their vote follows a series of in-class and school wide activities where students learn about political parties, platforms and local candidates.

Student Vote Days will occur on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29.

SOURCE Student Vote - Toronto

For further information:

To arrange a visit or interview with a participating school in your region, please contact:

National Student Vote Office

Lindsay Mazzucco
Chief Operating Officer

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Student Vote - Toronto

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