Parents, schools and youth organizations are encouraged to give young people a real-life taste of democracy!
During a provincial by-election, democracy is an all-in-the-family experience! The small polling stations run by the Voters in Training program give children accompanying their parents an opportunity to take part in the electoral process by casting their own vote! These polling stations are geared towards children from 3 to 12 years of age, although they are actually open to anyone under 18 years of age who would like an introduction to the electoral process.
The children will receive a sticker when they arrive at the polling station, in addition to a tattoo after they've voted!
In conjunction with provincial or municipal general elections, the Schools and Youth Organizations components of the Voters in Training program are designed to give young people a taste of the voting process. These program components are geared towards:
Young people get a taste of the voting process by expressing their views on individuals actually running as candidates. This is an excellent way to get ready for the day when they too will be asked to cast their vote!
In conjunction with provincial by-elections, secondary students are invited to take part in Behind the scenes of an election, which is designed to take them through all stages of the election. On Election Day, the participants will see how their school is transformed into a polling station and how the staff welcome the electors.
For further information on the Voters in Training program, please email our democracy education team.