17,000 New Brunswick youth expected to cast ballots in first-ever provincial Student Vote

September 20th, 2018 by Dan Allan

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 17,000 elementary, middle and high school students from throughout New Brunswick will vote for the official candidates running in the 2018 provincial election.

Student Vote is an authentic learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to explore and debate important issues facing their communities.

To prepare for Student Vote Day, students learn about provincial government and the electoral process, research the parties and party platforms, and engage in political discussion with friends and family.

“We are thrilled to be working with Elections New Brunswick to deliver Student Vote for the first-time for a New Brunswick provincial election,” said Taylor Gunn, President of CIVIX. “The response from educators has exceeded our expectations.”

An independent evaluation published in 2015 confirmed the positive impact of the Student Vote program on student knowledge and understanding of politics and elections, on their interest and confidence in discussing politics, and future voting intentions. Furthermore, the program provides an opportunity for students to bring their newfound knowledge home and discuss the election with their parents.

“Imparting knowledge of our electoral process and fostering civic responsibility among students is an effective way to build a stronger democracy,” said Kimberly Poffenroth, Chief Electoral Officer of Elections New Brunswick. “We are pleased that so many educators have embraced this opportunity to engage their students in the provincial election.”

Students will cast ballots on September 24 and the results will be released publicly following the close of polls at 8:00pm.


BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people.

This Student Vote project is conducted in partnership with Elections New Brunswick, the non-partisan office of the legislative assembly charged with running provincial and municipal elections.


RELATED LINKS:

http://studentvote.ca/nb2018/

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