Students can vote in the municipality where they are temporarily residing
Published Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:33PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, October 25, 2014 6:04PM EDT
Two days remain before the provinces municipal elections, and the youth vote is again a topic of discussion.
Historically the youth voter, and more specifically the student vote, has been poor in the region.
In 2010, Waterloo Region saw 32 per cent of the electorate participate at the polls, a small fraction of that were student voters.
“Candidates may not be doing a great job at reaching out to the students, by making students or young people the centre of their platform,” said Anna Esselment, Political Sciences professor at the University of Waterloo.
“I’m not sure if I’m supposed to vote in my home town or in Waterloo,” said Emma Hubbard.
“I’m from Toronto, so I don’t really know what’s happening in this region,” said Lilly Shui.
While students are attending school, they can vote in the municipality where they are temporarily residing.
They can also vote in a different municipality where their permanent home address is located – a fact many do not realize.
Polling stations will be set up in the concourse of Wilfrid Laurier University, and at Village One on the University of Waterloo campus.