Students across the province will have the chance to become more involved in politics.Elections Saskatchewan will be holding its Student Vote Program, so students have the opportunity to experience the voting process first-hand.
Student Vote is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal elections.
Elections Saskatchewan and CIVIX are partnering to coordinate the Student Vote program for the April 4 provincial election.
The program kicked off Wednesday during a media event at Miller Comprehensive High School in Regina with Grade 11 and 12 students along with Elections Saskatchewan and CIVIX.
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.
Dr. Michael Boda is the Chief Electoral Officer of Saskatchewan.
He says the program is essential in Saskatchewan.
Voter turnout in Canada has been declining for decades at all levels elections, particularly among young people.
Studies have also shown habits of voting and non-voting persist over time, so if young people don’t vote now, there is good reason to believe that they won’t become voters later in life.Students can register for the program up until March 14.