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Students vote in NDP by wide margin

More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election.

If students voted in Tuesday’s BC Election, the NDP would be looking for space for all its members after the party garnered 60 seats in the Student Vote program.

The NDP won 60 seats to 14 for the Green Party and 12 for the BC Liberals.

There was one Independent candidate elected.

"More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election,” said Dan Allan Director of Contentfor CIVIX Canada in a media release Tuesday.

"As of 4:15 p.m. today, 1,092 schools had reported their election results, representing all 87 electoral districts in the province. In total, 170,238 ballots were cast by student participants; this includes 163,923 valid votes and 6,315 rejected votes.”

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship. 

Participating schools are supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote. 

Students learn about government and democracy, and research the issues, party platforms and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election workers and coordinate the election process for their peers.

On Student Vote Day, students cast ballots for the candidates running in their school’s electoral district.

The results are tabulated by electoral district and released publicly following the closing of the voting on General Voting Day. 

Schools in Kootenay Lake District participating in the Student Vote program included:

  • Trafalgar Middle School
  • Jewett Elementary, Meadow Creek
  • Blewett Elementary School
  • Adam Robertson Elementary, Creston
  • Salmo Elementary School
  • Brent Kennedy Elementary
  • Salmo Secondary School
  • Wildflower School - Creston Education Centre
  • Mount Sentinel School
  • Redfish Elementary School
  • J.V. Humphries School, Kaslo
  • Winlaw Elementary School
  • L.V. Rogers Secondary School
  • W.E. Graham School, Slocan
  • Prince Charles Secondary, Creston