Dear Division 16,
One of the issues that faces Canada as a democracy is the issue of low voter turnout. Over the years, fewer and fewer Canadians vote in elections at all three levels of government. In math, we have been looking at some of these statistics and making inferences about why numbers change over the years.
Low voter turnout is especially high among young voters, those between 18 and wr years of age. Elections Canada estimated that in 2011 less than 40% of voters between the ages of 18-24 voted in the Federal Election. This is the lowest group.
In order to change this trend, many organizations have been working hard to encourage youth to get out and vote. These organizations have tried many different strategies, including the Student Vote program we participate in here at Dickens. I’ve listed the links to some of these below. Please take a few minutes to either visit the websites of those organizations and look around, or to read the article about the strategy.
For your homework, please think about your experience as a Canadian Youth.
What factors do you think are the most important in encouraging Canadian youth to vote?
Choose one or two that you believe are the most important and include in your answer:
- Do organizations or strategies like the ones described in the links above help? Why or why not?
- Do you think there is a particular issue that can inspire passion in young voters? What might it be?
- Do you think you will vote when you turn 18? Why or why not?
If you know of any other youth voting organizations, please include their website in your response!
I look forward to your responses,