More than 60,000 elementary and high school students from throughout British Columbia will have an opportunity to discuss the future of their community and vote for candidates running in their local elections – including students in the Peace.
École Frank Ross Elementary School students in Dawson Creek lined up with voter ID and handed ballots over the noon hour today, Wednesday October 12.
Kamryn, a Frank Ross student said she voted for a few candidates she had read about or knew.
“I did vote for six for council,” she said.
The Student Vote program is an experiential learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.
Participating schools receive a variety of non-partisan educational materials to teach about government and the election process, and encourage research into the issues and candidates. Ballots, ballot boxes and voting screens are also provided for the coordination of the vote.
In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate polling stations for their peers. On Student Vote Day (October 13 and 14), students cast ballots for the candidates. A total of 736 schools have registered to participate in the Student Vote program for the 2022 local elections, representing 126 British Columbia municipalities and regional districts.
The Student Vote election results will be released at the close of polls on Saturday, October 15.