Student Vote Ontario: Schools across the province begin to report election results

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Schools participating in Student Vote Ontario,
the parallel election program, have begun to report their election results for
Ontario's 39th General Election and Referendum.
    Students have been studying the democratic process, election platforms,
local candidates and party leaders throughout the election campaign. Schools
are also incorporating a study of the referendum question and inspiring
conversation of the election at home.
    "This year, our school is participating in the Student Vote. I love it!
We learn a lot and it's cool to have a say for what we as students want for
our riding or electoral district. In Ontario, there are 107 ridings. For the
past week or two we have been learning about the 4 parties' riding platforms.
Some of the issues for each party are great and others not but it's politics,
nothing's perfect," says a grade 6 Student Vote participant from Hamilton.
    Yesterday, today and Tuesday, October 9th are Student Vote Days where
students will be voting on the official candidates running in their school's
    More than 2100 elementary and secondary schools from every electoral
district have registered to participate; nearly half of all schools in the
    All results are kept confidential until the close of polls on election
    Taylor Gunn, Chief Election Officer: "We're looking forward to receiving
the Student Vote results by Tuesday, October 9th at 5pm. Results will be kept
confidential until the close of official polls at 9pm on Election Night - and
released at that time for review by teachers, students and their families. We
expect several hundred thousand elementary and high school students to
participate this year. These 'future voters' have been encouraged to speak
about the election campaign with family members over Thanksgiving Weekend -
seeking advice in making their own decision and ensuring their parents get out
to vote next Wednesday."

    Student Vote was founded in 2003 by Taylor Gunn and Lindsay Mazzucco.
Since its inception, more than 1.2 million ballots have been cast by students
under the voting age in 5 elections across the country.

For further information:

For further information: or to find out the schools participating in
your readership or broadcast area, contact our team at;
For interviews, contact the Student Vote office at 1-866-488-8775; Taylor
Gunn, Chief Election Officer,; Lindsay Mazzucco, Chief
Operating Officer,

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