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Majority of Students Vote Liberal

Regional | by Jill Young  

Mock federal election shows majority of students supported the Liberals.

Over 850,000 underage voters cast their ballots in schools across Canada in 6-thousand schools.

That's the figure from National Student Vote Week held last week.

It was a chance for students to take on election roles such as the deputy returning officer and poll clerks.

Using authentic election materials, students had the opportunity to vote for the real candidates running in their local riding.

Several area schools participated and the figures in Ontario show they would have elected the Liberals with 39.2 per cent of the vote.

In Bruce Grey Owen Sound, Kimberley Love would have been elected 35.2 per cent of the vote among students.

In Simcoe North they chose Liberal Liz Riley and Liberal Mike MacEachern in Simcoe Grey at 38.2 per cent of the vote.

Students at schools in Perth Wellington and Dufferin Caledon also voted Liberal.

Huron Bruce was the only riding where students voted in a Conservative -- Ben Lobb with 35.9 per cent of the vote.

The ballots are counted by each school and reported to CIVIX  - a non-partisan, national registered charity that builds citizenship among young Canadians.

The purpose is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.

Since 2003, 26 Student Vote programs have been conducted across Canada.

In the last federal election, 563,000 students cast ballots from 3,750 schools.



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