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University and college students casting early ballots

It's a joint effort between schools and Elections Canada to get out the youth vote
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Post-secondary schools across Canada are getting out the youth vote ahead of October 21.

Elections Canada is partnering up with universities and colleges to provide polling stations for students to cast their ballot.

Matthew Gerrits, Vice President Education, Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association at the University of Waterloo, says its very important that young people vote.

"One of the ways that you get policy makers and politicians to care, about making policy for youth, is to make sure youth are a voting block that can exercise their democratic right, and show that they are paying attention and in our democracy; paying attention to what parties have to offer."

He says it can be difficult for students to vote if their home riding isn't the same as where they currently reside.

"They will have to take transit or drive to their assigned polling station, but if students already know who they are going to vote for, it's much easier to take ten or fifteen minutes our of their day, and walk to an on-campus polling station, especially when many of them might not have access to a personal vehicle."

Instead students can cast a special ballot on campus and have their vote counted in their home riding.

The polling stations were set up over the weekend and continue until Wednesday. According to Gerrits, they're expecting upwards of 5000 people voting locally during this period.

The University of Waterloo has its polling station set up in the Student Life Centre.

Meanwhile, Wilfrid Laurier is hosting their station at the St. Michael's Catholic Church. Conestoga College students are casting their ballot at the Rec. Centre.


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