Student Vote Day in British Columbia

May 8th, 2017 by Dan Allan

May 8th is Student Vote Day in British Columbia! More than 180,000 elementary and high school students across the province will cast ballots for the official candidates running in the 2017 provincial election.

Student Vote BC 2017 is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom by empowering students to experience the voting process firsthand for the purpose of practicing the habits of active and engaged citizenship. Participating schools are supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help students engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learn about government and democracy by researching the issues, party platforms and candidates through classroom activities, and family discussions and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election workers and coordinate the election process for their peers. On Student Vote Day, students cast ballots for the candidates running in their school’s electoral district.

A total of 1,220 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote BC 2017, representing all 87 electoral districts, making this the largest Student Vote program held in the province to date. You can view all participating schools on our interactive map.

In addition to election materials, a wide variety of online tools have been made available to participating schools. The Student Vote website includes an online resource library with lesson plans, handouts and activity sheets, as well as other educational tools like videos and PowerPoints. Written profiles were prepared for all registered political parties.

British Columbia students were also invited to submit questions to the party leaders. CIVIX selected five questions and shared them with the political parties. Video responses were received from twelve parties. The Q&A focused on key election issues and all students and party videos can be viewed here.

The Student Vote BC 2017 results are tabulated by electoral district and will be released at the close of polls on Tuesday, May 9th (8:00 pm).

The Student Vote project for the 2017 British Columbia provincial election is conducted in partnership with Elections BC and with support from the BC Teachers’ Federation, the Vancouver Foundation and the Government of Canada.

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 and elected representatives.

Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 35 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. Students elected a Liberal majority government.

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