Student Vote Day in Nova Scotia

May 28th, 2017 by Dan Allan

May 29th is Student Vote Day in Nova Scotia! 15,000 elementary and high school students across the province are expected to cast ballots for the official candidates running in the 2017 provincial election.

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Student Vote Nova Scotia 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 provided 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 officials 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 186 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote Nova Scotia 2017, representing 50 of 51 electoral districts. 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 five registered political parties.

Nova Scotia 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 the five parties. The Q&A focused on key election issues and all students and party videos can be viewed here.

The Student Vote Nova Scotia 2017 results are tabulated by electoral district and will be released at the close of polls on Monday, May 29th (8:00 pm Atlantic time).

The Student Vote project for the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election is being conducted with support from Elections Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Government of Nova Scotia 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 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. Students elected a Liberal majority government.

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