Be the Vote has published a report on its 2015 Federal Election activities.

From the report:

As of February 23, 2016, Elections Canada had not released data on voter turnout by age in the 2015 federal election. Statistics Canada, however, had estimated from a labour force survey, that more than one million additional young Canadians voted in 2015 compared to 2011. Be the Vote is immensely encouraged by this outcome, and will continue to work to ensure voter participation among youth remains strong in the future.

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Last Saturday, June 6, our street team headed out to Dundas West Fest in Toronto for a day of outreach. Our goal of the day was to engage young attendees in our cause and heighten awareness of Be the Vote, as well as hand out flyers reminding people that we have a federal election coming up this year.

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Near Jackson Square in Hamilton, Ontario, we met a (seriously adorable) couple, Phoebe and Simon, who were enthusiastically supportive of our cause! They offered this piece of advice:

It’s important to get out and vote. Get involved so you can have your voice heard.

Phoebe and Simon vote so they can have their voices heard… why do you vote (or not)? Leave a comment!

Aidan Taylor was proud to have some glamour shots taken with our #bethevote sign when we met him in Hamilton, Ontario. But make no mistake – Aidan’s got both brains and brawn.

When asked why he thinks young people should vote, he said,

“it’s important that youth are actually aware of the political landscape”.

Should youth make an effort to get involved in politics and get informed? We can totally get behind that. Share your thoughts with us!

We met John Fox in downtown Hamilton, ON. He was quick to confirm that he was a voter. When we asked John why he thinks fellow young Canadians should vote, he said:

If we don’t get a say in what’s happening, it’s not going to be the right person in place.

The youth vote is necessary in order to elect the “right person” – would you agree? Leave a comment!

Re: The Death of the Youth Vote Nothing but the text

Authors: Kelsey Williams and Grace Kennedy

The Globe and Mail Editorial Board:

This letter is in response to “The Death of the Youth Vote” in the print edition of The Globe and Mail on Saturday, April 25th.

As leaders of a youth organization, working to encourage the youth vote, we found much to criticize in your “death of the youth vote” argument.We will however, give thanks for recognizing that young Canadians are a “smart” population.

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We ran into Josh Rivet on a sunny afternoon in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. He was glad to help out our cause and model our sign, as well as share his views on why youth should vote.

When we asked Josh about why he votes, he told us,

“I feel like if I am responsible for the outcome, I have the right to criticize it if I want to”.

Do you agree or disagree with Josh? What are your motivations for voting (or not)? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

This year I got involved with a campaign on my university campus – a new experience for me, since I’m a rather quiet person who has typically shied away from activism of any sort. Despite having a passion strong enough to overcome that, I honestly did not have much faith in our cause succeeding. The odds were stacked against us and a number of other people I spoke to, including a few others on the campaign team, felt equally as pessimistic as I did. I was totally surprised when we won, by quite a large margin in fact.

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