Just because you're not old enough to vote doesn't mean you can't have a voice.

That's the thought behind Student Vote, an in-class program where elementary and high school kids learn about the candidates, the issues and then cast their own vote. The results will be released when the polls close on Saturday, as municipal elections are held in Halifax and across the province.

Classrooms in the Halifax Regional Municipality cast ballots for the mayoral candidates. Some also voted for councillors and school board members.

Anne Leblanc's Grade 4 class at Bel Ayr Elementary School in Dartmouth is one of those classes. CBC Radio's Mainstreet visited the class ahead of their mock election and asked them to write down what they thought of the municipal election in one word.

Here are their words and a few of their thoughts on the political process.


Katie Mann, 8

Katie Mann, 8

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

What the election means to her: "Finding somebody who will take care of our city."

She thinks safety is the most important election issue: "When things happen and stuff, we need somebody to be there for us."

Favourite leader: Her older brother, Mark.


Alexis Fraser, 9

Alexis Fraser, 9

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

Why she thinks people should vote: "So we have someone who helps us keep stuff under control in our city."

What needs fixing with the city: "There's people that can't afford stuff and it's kind of sad that they can't afford it." She also said she wants more parks in the city.

Favourite leaders: Her mom and dad.


Tahja Ali, 9

Tahja Ali, 9

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

What needs fixing with the city: "I want them to start recycling cause eventually just the whole entire world is going to be trash. There's a park by my sister's school and there's a lot of trash there." He wants more garbage cans around the city so people don't litter as much. 

He has considered running for office: "To help the environment."

Favourite leader: Halifax mayoral candidate Mike Savage.


Isabelle MacLeod, 8

Isabelle MacLeod, 8

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

She thinks the biggest issue this election are water bills: "Some people can afford them and other people don't have enough money to afford them so they don't have enough water and they could get very sick if they don't drink as much water as they need."

She's rooting for Halifax mayoral candidate Lil MacPherson: "She got's good reasons, in my opinion, on the water bills and I think we should give her a chance trying to run mayor because Mike been mayor last year." She said she is thinking about running to be mayor or a councillor in the future.

Favourite leader: Her friend Rory's mom.


Jacob Evans, 9

Jacob Evans, 9

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

What he knows about the election: "You vote for somebody to be the mayor or prime minister."

He thinks the water bills should be lowered: "You need water to stay hydrated and flush the toilet and stuff and even [for] washing your dishes cause then you will have messy food and it will get gross soon."

Favourite leader: Basketball player Jeremy Lin.


Hudson Mclaughlin, 9

Hudson Mclaughlin, 9

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

He thinks the two big issues this election are water bills and taxes: "More taxes means more wasting money, like to get groceries and everything. And the water bills, if you don't pay enough, you're going to get bad water and it'll like kill you if you drink it. So they need to lower it so you could still pay for it and it'll still be good."

He has also considered running for office: "I was just standing in my room and then like I started thinking about it and I was like 'You know what, I'm going to run for it.' I thought about it because I was thinking about helping the world, the environment and our countries."

His campaign promises: "I would really focus on the taxes, the water bills and the leadership. Don't forget the safety ... people really like video games. There's this game I really like. It's called Five Nights at Freddy's. I think they should make a pizzeria based off of it. If I was running for mayor, I would give people the money to do it ... I would make the pizza $1.99 so people can get pizza."

Favourite leader: His friend, Tahja.


Mia Gamble, 8

Mia Gamble, 8

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

What needs fixing with the city: "I think we need to work on like, helping people that don't have a lot of money."

She is split between Savage and MacPherson: "I still haven't decided to I am going to vote for because both of the people seem good. I don't really know who I am going to vote for yet. I think I am just going to go over what they are going to do and try and decide which one is best." 

Favourite leader: Her friend, Alexis.


Riley Fraser, 9

Riley Fraser, 9

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

He wants more parks: "There's not a lot of parks here." He said he likes to play in them.

Favourite leader: Toss-up between Superman and Lil MacPherson.


Sienna Dicks, 8 (almost 9)

Sienna Dicks, 8, almost 9

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

What needs fixing with the city: "Well maybe like the police should be going around more. The mayor should be telling them to go more around because of all the things going on. Like the water and stuff, there's not a lot of water."

She's not interested in running for office: "I already have my plan of everything I am going to be when I grow up ... when I'm a teenager, I'm going to work at a pet store and when I'm an adult, I'm going to be a vet."

Favourite leader: Mike Savage.


Olivia Hersey, 9

Olivia Hersey, 9

(Haydn Watters/CBC)

What she knows about the election: "You have to vote for somebody to become mayor ... they get a certain amount of votes. You have to count the votes at the end."

She's voting for MacPherson: "I like her speeches ... [she said] that we could collect rainwater instead of paying for our water so soon there will be no water bills left."

Favourite leader: Too many to choose from.​

With files from CBC Radio's Mainstreet