Nova Scotia

'Vote mobs' pop up throughout Maritimes

With just more than two weeks until the federal election, "vote mobs" popped up throughout the Maritimes on Saturday.
Vote mobs like this one in Fredericton, popped up all over the Maritimes encouraging young people to vote. (Heather Allaby/Twitter)
With just more than two weeks until the federal election, "vote mobs" popped up throughout the Maritimes on Saturday.

A "vote mob" is a gathering of people doing something unexpected in order to drum up election excitement among young people.

At Province House in Charlottetown, about 200 people showed up to energize young voters.

Since it was the same weekend as the ECMAs, several musicians dropped by, including singer Theresa Doyle and poet Tanya Davis.

Another "vote mob" also happened in Fredericton on Saturday.

Fredericton's vote mob took place just a little more than two weeks before the federal election. (Randy McKeen/Twitter)

Dalhousie University students, meanwhile, organized a "vote mob" at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market.

The students dispersed among the crowd of shoppers and, on a prearranged signal, sang O Canada.

"I know a lot of the organizers who organized in places like Montreal and Ottawa, and it felt really good to see them do something and then have us to do it, too," said Robin Tress, who helped organize the event.

"It feels like we're all unified across Canada knowing that youth need to vote, not only on the east coast but all across Canada. We all have that responsibility," Tress said.

Social media played a big part in getting the word out, Richard Clarke, another organizer, said.

"We really used Facebook a lot to push the event. It's targeted at younger people, and getting that young vote out, and that's where those younger people are," said Clarke, adding that the students also "used Twitter and just word of mouth."

This picture was taken just after Charlottetown's "vote mob." (Donna Allen/CBC)

The movement is spreading after the first event in Guelph, earlier this month.

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