Go to content

Voters in Training

Parents, schools and youth organizations are encouraged to give young people a real-life taste of democracy!

Small polling stations: bring your children to vote with you!

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.

How does it work?

  1. Children accompany their parents to the polling station in order to familiarize themselves with the voting process (checking in, using the polling booth, placing the ballot in the box, etc.).
  2. The children then go to the small polling station.
  3. There, they receive a ballot featuring a question on democratic values.
  4. Following their parents' example, the children mark their ballots and place them in the box.

The children will receive a sticker when they arrive at the polling station, in addition to a tattoo after they've voted!

Small polling stations results

Voters in Training in your school or youth organization

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:

  • Teachers at primary (third cycle) and secondary schools.
  • Persons in charge of youth organizations.

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!

2018 electoral simulation results

Election simulations: how do they work?

  1. Teachers and persons in charge of youth organizations are encouraged to register for the Voters in Training program by completing the online form.
  2. Various educational activities are designed to prepare young people for the electoral process.
  3. All of the necessary equipment and materials (ballot boxes, polling booths, ballot papers) will be sent to the registered establishments.
  4. Election simulations will be held in the run-up to the actual elections.
  5. Young people can compare the results of their election simulation with the actual election results.

Secondary students are invited to go behind the scenes

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.

How does it work?

  1. Secondary students in the electoral division concerned are invited to go behind the scenes of the election.
  2. The participants will be given a checklist summarizing how the process will unfold in their electoral division.
  3. On Election Day, the students will experience all stages of the election, including opening the polling station. They will have lunch with the Chief Electoral Officer, visit the returning officer's office, take part in a simulated vote count and attend a workshop on democratic engagement with the democracy education team.
  4. On Election Day, the students will have an opportunity to share their perceptions on democracy on social media and to describe their rewarding experiences at the heart of the electoral process.

Contact Voters in Training team

For further information on the Voters in Training program, please email our democracy education team.