Thousands of students sign up for "Get Out The Vote" campaign

March 28, 2012

Calgary, Alberta - The next provincial election, being held on April 23, is about to get interesting. University students from across Alberta are pledging to vote, and with over 10,000 students already signed up, they are going to make a difference in this campaign.

“It has been an extraordinary campaign so far, and we are just getting started,” said Dylan Jones, President at the University of Calgary Students’ Union. “Over the next four weeks we are going to continue to sign up students and make contact with our students via phone calls, text messages and emails to ensure they vote on April 23.”

Voter turnout reached a record low last election and the Get Out The Vote campaign hopes to change that. Students’ Unions from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge are getting students to pledge to vote and will be contacting them to make sure they get to the polls. In the past, students have faced several barriers to voting in provincial elections, such as the ambiguity of how a student’s “ordinary residence” is defined while he or she is away at school. The non-partisan campaign is focusing on empowering individual students to exercise their right to vote and does not endorse parties or individual candidates.

Over 70,000 students attend the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. Together they can make a big difference in ridings across Alberta come election night.

“There is so much at stake in this election for students, from the ever-increasing costs of education in Alberta to our low post-secondary participation rate. It is so exciting to see so many students getting involved,” said Jones. “For many of our students, this will be the first provincial election they’ll have an opportunity to vote in. We are doing all we can to ensure our students know their rights and cast a ballot on April 23.”

 

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

President
The Students’ Union, The University of Calgary
cell: 403-383-5333
email: president@su.ucalgary.ca

Andrew McIntyre
The Students’ Union, The University of Calgary
cell: 403-629-5263
email: andrew.mcintyre@ucalgary.ca