Students Commit To Vote

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Students Commit To Vote

The Students’ Union at the College of New Caledonia wants students and faculty alike to sign on the dotted line. It has launched a week-long campaign to get pledges from students to head to the polls for the provincial election in May.
“Voting is a fundamental right” says Harman Dandiwal, political organizer with the CNC Students’ Union. “Some students get scared, they don’t know how to exercise that right so we want to get the message out that it’s for you to get to vote. Elections are important.”
According to 2013 figures from Elections BC, 48% of eligible voters from the ages of 18 to 24 cast a ballot. That figure drops to 40% of eligible voters in the 25 to 34 age range. The greatest turn out to the polls comes from voters aged 65 to 74, at 75%.
“If I don’t vote, then I don’t have a say,” says student Muriam Louie. “To me, I want my say even if it’s just with my one vote.”
Sable Kurjata says she votes every time there is an election and doesn’t understand the apathy that grips the youth.
“I think that a lot of people believe that one person can’t change the government or that their voice is too small,” she says. “Personally, I don’t believe that. I believe that, if you get enough people who aren’t saying anything to speak up, you’ll have an army behind you.”
The campaign will take place over the course of this week, with the hope of getting 700 pledges.


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