Student Vote engages 13,000 youth in Nova Scotia’s municipal and school board elections

October 15th, 2016 by CIVIX

More than 13,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2016 municipal and school board elections in Nova Scotia.

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 mayors, councillors and school board members.

By 9 p.m. on Friday, 112 schools had reported their election results, representing 32 municipalities in the province. In total, 13,000 ballots were cast by student participants.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS: studentvote.ca/nsmunicipal2016/the-results/

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION RESULTS: studentvote.ca/results/home/municipal_results_by_school_boards/17

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Halifax Regional Municipality: Mike Savage was elected mayor with 74 per cent of ballots cast, defeating Lil MacPherson (26 per cent). More than 5,500 Student Vote ballots were cast ballots from 45 schools representing all 16 municipal districts.
  • Cape Breton Regional Municipality: Cecil Clarke was elected mayor with 59 per cent of ballots cast, defeating Rankin MacSween (41 per cent). Despite the damaging floods, more than 2,200 Student Vote ballots were cast from 15 schools representing all 12 municipal districts.
  • Office of Mayor Summary: Throughout the province, students elected the following candidates for mayor:
    • Town of Amherst: George Baker
    • Town of Antigonish: Sean Cameron
    • Town of Bridgewater: David Walker
    • Town of Kentville: Sandra Snow
    • Town of Lockeport: Howard Roszel
    • Town of Middleton: Dan Smith
    • Town of New Glasgow: Henderson Paris
    • Town of Pictou: Jim Ryan
    • Town of Shelburne: Karen Mattatall
    • Town of Stellarton: Danny MacGillivray
    • Town of Stewiacke: Wendy Robinson
    • Town of Truro: Bill Mills
    • Town of Westville: Roger Mackay
    • County of Colchester: Bob Taylor
    • County of Kings: Peter Muttart / Dick Killam (tie)
    • District of Lunenburg: Tom Lockwood
    • Halifax Regional Municipality: Mike Savage
    • Cape Breton Regional Municipality: Cecil Clarke
    • Region of Queens Municipality: Christopher Clarke

BACKGROUND:
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity.

The Student Vote project for the 2016 municipal and school board elections was made possible with support from the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the Government of Canada.

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