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Students’ Association is getting out the vote
Statistically, younger people have been absent from voting in elections. In the last federal election, 57 per cent of people between 18 and 24 years of age cast their ballots compared to 73 per cent of those aged 55 to 64.
In an effort to address this imbalance and bring attention to issues facing post-secondary students, millennials and those of “gen z,” the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) is issuing a rallying cry to students to exercise their right to choose their representative.
“We are looking to get students involved with the democratic process,” says vice-president external, Luc Carels.
Now is not the time to sit out.
SAMRU has partnered with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) to motivate younger Canadians to have their concerns voiced when the votes are counted on Monday, Oct. 21. The Canada-wide collaboration is non-partisan.
Carels is spearheading the campaign at the University and is pleased with the commitment so far. “SAMRU has over 1,500 students who have pledged to vote.”
SAMRU is hosting a variety of events on campus throughout the election.
“The next event will be ‘doughnuts for pledges’ on Thursday, Oct. 10,” Carels says. At the events, students will be asked to pledge to vote.
Follow SAMRU on Twitter for all event details as they become available.
To keep interest at its peak, on Thursday, Oct. 3, SAMRU will hold an all-candidates forum with representatives from the Calgary-Centre riding ― in which Mount Royal resides ― participating. This will take place in Wyckham House.
Elections Canada is also setting up a polling station in Wyckham House aimed specifically at offering students the ability to vote regardless of where they live.
Voting on campus starts on Saturday, Oct. 5 and ends on Wednesday, Oct. 9. MRU will be one of more than 115 campuses in Canada where people can register and vote in the federal election. Just bring ID. Here’s a list of accepted IDs.
“Overall we are just looking to get students involved with the democratic process,” Carels says. “Democracy is very important and the more people that participate the healthier it will be.”
Sept. 23, 2019 — Rob Petrollini