Winnipeg student unions want to boost young voter numbers in federal election
Student unions working with groups to get more young adults to the polls
University student unions in Winnipeg are doing what they can to encourage more young adults to vote in next month's federal election.
The University of Manitoba Students' Union is working with Be the Vote, which is using social media, videos, pledge campaigns and more to boost the number of young voters in time for election day on Oct. 19.
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Only 38.8 per cent of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 24 voted in 2011, according to Elections Canada.
"Universities are incubators for progressive ideas, and new thoughts and students are the best way to get those ideas and push them forward," said UMSU president Jeremiah Kopp.
The University of Winnipeg Students' Association has teamed up with Elections Canada to help as many students as possible get registered as voters.
"If we want them to address tuition fees that have risen by 238 per cent since the '90s, we need to make our voices heard, we need to cast our ballots," said UWSA president Peyton Veitch.
Among those who do plan to cast their ballots on Oct. 19 is Luke Stawiarski, who said he has not voted in a federal election before.
"Having an actual hand in who's running everything, it's kind of nice, and [I] don't really want to be that one guy who's not voting," he said.