Happy 15th Birthday, Student Vote

October 2nd, 2018 by CIVIX

15 years ago today, a very small and very young team of naive and hopeful 25-year-olds managed the first set of Student Vote results to ever roll in from 825 schools throughout Ontario.

The little team couldn’t see at the time how big and successful that first Student Vote was.

I’m not even sure if we should be celebrating today. The world seems like a much rougher place, democracy seems more under threat and, while voter turnout has risen, it is still relatively low compared to where it could be.

But I can smile when I look at where Student Vote has gotten to.

I bumped into a teacher over the summer who told me that all the schools they have taught at over the last decade now permanently expect Student Vote to occur during an election. The teacher said that the program has changed the way teachers teach elections, and built a habit into the school system around using elections as teachable moments to build the skills of citizenship within kids. This isn’t the only teacher to share this with us — we hear this all the time.

As we approach next year’s federal election, in many jurisdictions across Canada, Student Vote is coordinated in as many as 60% of all schools. In last week’s New Brunswick provincial election, 65% of schools registered to take part in Student Vote.

But it still feels to me like the best is yet to come for the Student Vote program.

Disinformation has risen quickly to be one of the most significant threats to democracies around the world. And within the suite of responses being considered by governments, civic education and digital literacy remain a consistent proposition at the top of the list of reports and recommendations from the Public Policy Forum, to CSEC and even the UN.

The thing is, you can’t substantially educate people about disinformation and ‘fake news’ by running a fake news PR campaign on Facebook, or ads on radio and TV. The reality is that verification skills and habits of informed citizenship need to be taught and developed through practice.

We already have the social infrastructure that democracies need so badly to battle against the threat of disinformation right here in Canada. It’s called Student Vote.

Over the next year, the Student Vote program may turn into the best defense that Canada has against disinformation, with an on-the-ground reach that extends classroom to classroom, school to school, in all 338 electoral districts across the country, and literally, 8,000 communities from coast to coast to coast.

If you have an extra second today, please wish this little experiential learning program a Happy Birthday. It deserves it.

If you were able, we would ask that you consider making a donation to CIVIX to ensure the growth of Student Vote, and our other civic education projects: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/civix/

Happy Birthday, Student Vote.

Taylor

Taylor Gunn
President & CEO
CIVIX

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Student Vote New Brunswick Results

September 24th, 2018 by CIVIX

Gallant and the Liberals win majority government in province-wide Student Vote

More than 24,000 elementary, middle and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2018 New Brunswick provincial election.

After learning about the electoral process, researching the issues and platforms, and debating the future of New Brunswick, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their local electoral district.

As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, 175 schools had reported their election results, representing all 49 electoral districts in the province. In total, more than 24,000 ballots were cast by student participants; 23,700 accepted ballots and 700 rejected ballots.

“We would like to thank all participating teachers for their enthusiasm and dedication to this project during what we know is a busy time of the school year,” said Taylor Gunn, President and CEO of CIVIX. “This is the first Student Vote organized at the provincial level in New Brunswick and we are thrilled to have more than 24,000 ballots cast by future voters.”

Students elected Brian Gallant and the Liberal Party of New Brunswick to form a majority government with 26 out of 49 seats and 34.2 per cent of the vote. Gallant also won in his electoral district of Shediac Bay-Dieppe with 81.8 per cent of the vote.

Blaine Higgs and the PC Party of New Brunswick took 16 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 27.1 per cent of the popular vote. Higgs won in his electoral district of Quispamsis with 48.3 per cent of the vote.

David Coon and the Green Party of New Brunswick won 4 seats and received 18.8 per cent of the vote. Coon won in his electoral district of Fredericton South with 48.6 per cent of the vote.

Kris Austin and the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick won 3 seats and received 11.0 per cent of the vote. Austin won in his electoral district of Fredericton-Grand Lake with 73.5 per cent of the vote.

The New Brunswick NDP elected no candidates despite receiving 7.9 per cent of the vote. Leader Jennifer McKenzie was defeated in her electoral district of Saint John Harbour.

KISS NB elected no candidates, receiving 0.5 per cent of the vote overall. Leader Gerald Bourque was defeated in his electoral district of Fredericton-Grand Lake.

This is the first provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in New Brunswick. The project was made possible by Elections New Brunswick.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/nb2018

 

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The electoral district of Fredericton North had the greatest number of participants with 2,024 students. Fredericton South was second with 1,628 students, followed by Miramichi with 1,364 students.
  • The electoral district of Kent South had 8 schools report results – more than any other electoral district.

 

 

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. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

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.

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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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Student Vote Ontario 2018: The Results

June 7th, 2018 by CIVIX

Horwath and the NDP win majority government in province-wide Student Vote

More than 280,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2018 Ontario provincial election.

After learning about the electoral process, researching the issues and platforms, and debating the future of Ontario, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their local electoral district.

As of 4:00p.m. ET this afternoon, 2,166 schools had reported their election results, representing all 124 electoral districts in the province. In total, 280,691 ballots were cast by student participants; 268,091 accepted ballots, 7,103 rejected ballots, 2,562 declined ballots and 2,935 unmarked ballots.

“What makes this even more incredible is the timing. This is the busiest time of year for schools with culminating activities, assessments and exams, and more than 5,000 teachers have made citizenship education a priority,” said Taylor Gunn, President and CEO of CIVIX. “We are sincerely grateful for the time and energy dedicated to the program by teachers.”

Students elected Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP to form a majority government with 66 out of 124 seats and 32 per cent of the vote. Horwath also won in her electoral district of Hamilton Centre with 49 per cent of the vote.

Doug Ford and the PC Party of Ontario took 45 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 27 per cent of the popular vote. Ford won in his electoral district of Etobicoke North with 46 per cent of the vote.

Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Party won 11 seats and received 19 per cent of the vote. Wynne was defeated in her district of Don Valley West by Ontario NDP candidate Amara Possian; Wynne received 26 per cent of votes cast, compared to Possian’s 30 per cent.

The Green Party of Ontario won 2 seats: Guelph and Parry Sound–Muskoka. In total, the party received 13 per cent of the popular vote. Leader Mike Schreiner won in his electoral district of Guelph with 36 per cent of the vote.

This is the fifth provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in Ontario. The project was made possible by Elections Ontario.

Participation increased by more than 60 per cent compared to the 2014 Ontario provincial election. In the 2014 election, 173,072 votes were reported from 1,388 schools. In Student Vote Ontario 2014, students elected a Liberal majority government.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/on2018

 

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • There were many close races across the province, with eight determined by 25 votes or less: Ajax, Spadina—Fort York, Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa West—Nepean, Oakville, Mississauga—Erin Mills, Mississauga East—Cooksville and Kiiwetinoong.
  • The electoral district of Mississauga—Erin Mills had the greatest number of participants with 6,002 students. Mississauga—Malton was second with 4,662 students, followed by Ottawa Centre with 4,571 students.
  • The electoral district of Algoma—Manitoulin had 35 schools report results – more than any other electoral district.

 

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. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda in Ontario.

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300,000 Ontario students expected to cast ballots in province-wide Student Vote

May 31st, 2018 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 300,000 elementary and secondary students from throughout Ontario will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and 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 experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

“More than 2,800 schools have registered to participate, representing all 124 electoral districts,” said Taylor Gunn, President of CIVIX. “It is a privilege to work with Elections Ontario once again and be able to offer this program free to Ontario schools.”

Participating schools are supplied with learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learn about government and democracy, and research the issues, party platforms and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and media consumption. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate the voting process for their peers.

Between May 31 and June 6, students will cast ballots for the candidates running in their school’s electoral district. The results are tabulated by electoral district and released publicly following the close of polls on June 7.

“Student Vote provides a great opportunity for youth to familiarize themselves with the voting process at an early age. Through this program, we hope to encourage more 16- and 17-year-olds to add themselves to the Ontario Register of Future Voters,” said Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa.

A map of participating schools is available here: https://goo.gl/qsvSb1

To capture Student Vote in your local schools and speak to students about the election, please contact Dan Allan at dan@civix.ca or 1-866-488-8775.

 

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. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda in Ontario.

 

RELATED LINKS:

http://studentvote.ca/on2018/

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Student Vote Nunavut: The Results

October 30th, 2017 by CIVIX

2,000 Nunavut youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the territorial election

More than 2,000 elementary and secondary students participated in the Student Vote project for the 2017 Nunavut territorial election.

After learning about territorial government and the electoral process, exploring the issues and candidates, and discussing the election with family and friends, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their constituency.

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By 7:00 p.m. ET, 23 schools had reported their election results, representing 14 constituencies throughout the territory. In total, 2,035 ballots were cast by student participants.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/nu2017

 Our online results platform allows you to explore results by each constituency, as well as by each individual school.

This is the first Student Vote program to be held for a territorial election in Nunavut. In the 2015 federal election, 1,198 Nunavut students participated from 12 registered schools.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians develop the habits of active and engaged citizenship. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 territorial election was made possible with support from Elections Nunavut and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote Day for the Nunavut Territorial Election

October 29th, 2017 by CIVIX

1,500 students will voice their political opinions in first-ever Student Vote program for Nunavut territorial election

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 1,500 elementary and secondary students from throughout Nunavut will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of their community, and vote for candidates running in their constituency.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

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Participating schools are supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learn about the territorial government and democracy, and research the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate the election process for their peers.

On Student Vote Day (October 30), students cast ballots for the candidates running for in their school’s constituency. The results are tabulated and released publicly following the closing of the official polls.

A total of 28 schools have registered to participate in the Student Vote program for the 2017 territorial election, representing 19 constituencies from across the territory. This is the first Student Vote program to be held for a territorial election in Nunavut.

With support from Elections Nunavut and the Government of Canada, the Student Vote program was offered free to schools.

The Student Vote election results will be released at the close of polls on Monday, October 30 (8 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT/ 6 p.m. MT).

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 37 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.

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80,000 Alberta youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the local elections

October 16th, 2017 by Dan Allan

More than 80,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote project for the 2017 local elections in Alberta.

After learning about government and the electoral process, exploring the issues and candidates, and discussing the election with family and friends, students cast ballots for their local municipal council and school board trustee candidates.

“CIVIX would like to thank all of the dedicated teachers that have made civic education a priority and added democracy to the curriculum,” says Taylor Gunn, President of CIVIX. “With more than 80,000 participants, we have surpassed expectations for our first-ever local elections project in Alberta.”

By 3:45 p.m. MT, 758 schools had reported their election results, representing 124 municipalities throughout the province. In total, 82,284 ballots were cast by student participants.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS: http://studentvote.ca/results/ablocal2017 

SCHOOL AUTHORITY RESULTS: http://studentvote.ca/results/home/municipal_results_by_school_boards/22

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Calgary: Naheed Nenshi was elected mayor with 45.9% of the vote, defeating Bill Smith (27.9%), David Lapp (7.5%), Andre Chabot (4.6%) and Stan ‘The Man’ Waciak (4.2%), among other challengers. More than 31,000 students cast ballots from 215 schools representing all 14 municipal wards.
  • Edmonton: Don Iveson was elected mayor with 57.3% of the vote, defeating Justin Thomas (7.4%), Carla Frost (6.5%), Mike Butler (5.1%) and Taz Bouchier (4.5%), among other challengers. More than 18,000 students cast ballots from 193 schools representing all 12 municipal wards.
  • Throughout the province: An additional 30,000 students from 121 municipalities throughout the province cast ballots for their local municipal council and school board trustee candidates.

BACKGROUND:
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians develop the habits of active and engaged citizenship. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 local elections was made possible with support from the Government of AlbertaEdmonton Community FoundationAlberta Teachers’ Association, Galvin Family Trust, Elections Alberta and the Government of Canada.

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Student Vote Days for the Alberta Local Elections

October 12th, 2017 by CIVIX

60,000 students will voice their political opinions in first-ever Student Vote program for Alberta local elections

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 60,000 elementary and high school students from throughout Alberta will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for candidates running for municipal council and school board trustee.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

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Participating schools are supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learn about local government and democracy, and research the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate the election process for their peers.

On Student Vote Day (October 12 and 13), students cast ballots for the candidates running for mayor/reeve, councillor and school board trustee. The results are tabulated and released publicly following the closing of the official polls.

A total of 934 schools have registered to participate in the Student Vote program for the 2017 local elections, representing 158 Alberta municipalities. This is the first Student Vote program to be held for municipal and school board elections in Alberta.

With support from the Government of AlbertaEdmonton Community FoundationAlberta Teachers’ Association, Galvin Family Trust, Elections Alberta and the Government of Canada, the Student Vote program was offered free to schools.

The Student Vote election results will be released at the close of polls on Monday, October 16 (8:00 p.m. MT).

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 36 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.

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Calgary and Edmonton Mayoral Candidates Respond to Student Vote Questions

October 2nd, 2017 by CIVIX

Next week, elementary and junior/senior high school students from more than 900 Alberta schools will participate in the local elections through the Student Vote program.

On Student Vote Day (October 12 and 13), students will take on the roles of election officials and coordinate a vote for the election candidates running in their school’s municipality. Results are reported to CIVIX confidentially and shared publicly following the close of the polls on October 16.

To help students prepare for their Student Vote Day (October 12 and 13), CIVIX asked the mayoral candidates in Calgary and Edmonton to respond to four questions from students in their respective cities.

CALGARY

More than 160 student questions were submitted from schools across Calgary and we were please to receive video responses from several mayoral campaigns.

  • Students from Rosemont School asked: “What will be your biggest priority as Mayor?”

You can view all of the student questions and candidate responses from Calgary here: http://studentvote.ca/ablocal2017/calgary/

EDMONTON

More than 120 student questions were submitted from schools across Edmonton and we were please to receive video responses from several mayoral campaigns.

  • Students from Oliver School asked: “What will you do to improve the city? How will that process take place?”

You can view all of the student questions and candidate responses from Edmonton here: http://studentvote.ca/ablocal2017/edmonton/

 

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 36 Student Vote programs at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 municipal and school board elections is made possible due to support from the Government of AlbertaEdmonton Community FoundationAlberta Teachers’ Association, Galvin Family Trust, Elections Alberta and the Government of Canada

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