Weekly Round-Up: October 9, 2015

October 9th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Advance polls open today

Thanksgiving weekend is here! This year that means turkey, family, football, playoff baseball and advance polls! This is the first time Canadians will have four days to cast advance ballots and polls will be open Friday-Monday from 12 noon to 8pm.

Voter engagement in this elections has already been “strong,” according to Elections Canada CEO Marc Mayrand. Elections Canada ran a pilot project this week that allowed students to vote on university and college campuses. Through four days, 42,000 young people cast ballots!

Polling update

There is just a little more than a week remaining until election day and polls show the Liberals and Conservatives “gripped in [a] close race” at the top.

The Globe and Mail’s Election Forecast still shows the Conservatives on top, but Liberal odds are “slowly rising.” The CBC’s Poll Tracker shows the Liberals slightly ahead of the Conservatives, with their support increasing.

Student Vote in the news

Word is getting out that we’re in the midst of our best-ever Student Vote program! With more than 7,500 schools now registered, with more than 700,000 elementary and secondary students are expected to cast ballots next week.

The Globe and Mail wrote about how the program “seeks to engage young Canadians” in the federal election, and Metro papers across the country shared how we “make the abstract real for Canadian teenagers.”

Next week is Student Vote Week

During National Student Vote Week (October 13-16), students will take on the roles of deputy returning officers and poll clerks, and organize a vote using authentic election materials. Identical to the official election process, students have the opportunity to vote for the candidates running in their local riding.

The Student Vote results are released publicly by CIVIX on election night and shared with media for broadcast and publication. Stay tuned for more!

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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