Student Vote Saskatchewan: The Results

April 4th, 2016 by Dan Allan

Wall and the Sask. Party win majority government in province-wide Student Vote

Nearly 20,000 students under the voting age cast ballots in Student Vote Saskatchewan for the 2016 provincial election.

After learning about the democratic process, researching the candidates and party platforms, and debating the future of Saskatchewan, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their local constituencies.

Participating schools received free learning materials and election supplies which was made possible by Elections Saskatchewan.

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By 4 p.m. today, 273 schools had reported their election results, representing all 61 constituencies in the province. In total, 19,758 ballots were cast by student participants.

There were many close races in the province, with 15 constituencies decided by 25 votes or fewer.

Students elected Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party to a majority government with 48 seats and 53.4 per cent of the vote. Party leader Brad Wall easily won in his constituency of Swift Current with 84.1 per cent of the vote.

The NDP won 13 seats and will form the Student Vote official opposition, receiving 22.7 per cent of the popular vote. Party leader Cam Broten was defeated in Saskatoon Westview.

The Green Party received 11.0 per cent of the vote, but did not win a seat. Party leader Victor Lau was not elected in his constituency of Regina Douglas Park.

The Saskatchewan Liberal Party took 10.8 per cent of the vote, but did not win a seat. Party leader Darrin Lamoureux did not win in his constituency of Regina Pasqua.

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“Student Vote is a wonderful program that not only educates our future voters, but it spurs discussions that students have with their families and other voters about democracy and elections,” says Dr. Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer of Saskatchewan. “This partnership between Elections Saskatchewan and CIVIX benefits students around the province by instilling in them an interest and intention to participate in future elections as voters, candidates and election workers.”

“We would like to thank all of the dedicated teachers that have made civic education a priority and added democracy to the curriculum,” said Taylor Gunn, President and Chief Election Officer of CIVIX. “Not only has

Student Vote been proven to increase political knowledge and interest among students, and enhance their civic duty, it also fosters political discussion at home and family engagement in the election.”

This is the second provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in Saskatchewan. The 2016 project was a collaboration between CIVIX and Elections Saskatchewan.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/sk2016

 

Results Highlights:

  • Only one political party leader won their seat: Brad Wall (Saskatchewan Party) in Swift Current. Cam Broten (NDP), Victor Lau (Green), Darrin Lamoureux (Liberal), Rick Swenson (PC) and Frank Serfas (WIP) were defeated in their constituencies.
  • The constituency of Yorkton had the greatest number of participants with 913 valid votes. Moose Jaw North was second with 817, followed by Prince Albert Carlton with 784.
  • Wood River had 10 schools report results – more than any other constituency.

 

Background:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX.

CIVIX is a national civic education charity building the skills and habits of citizenship among young Canadians.

CIVIX coordinated the Student Vote program for the 2016 Saskatchewan provincial election in collaboration with Elections Saskatchewan.

Elections Saskatchewan is the province’s independent, impartial, professional election management body. Given a mandate from the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, it organizes, manages and oversees provincial electoral events, including the April 4, 2016 general election. Information for voters, workers, media, candidates and parties at www.elections.sk.ca.

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